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India Claims To Have Cracked Blackberry Encryption; Proudly Spying On Emails

from the details-missing dept

Earlier this year, India demanded that RIM allow it to easily snoop on any email messages sent via Blackberry devices. The company explained that since the end user sets the encryption key, there's simply no way to provide a backdoor to snoop on the messages. However, now the government is proudly claiming that it's cracked the code and can now monitor Blackberry messages on various mobile operator networks. The details are quite vague, especially an offhand comment about how this is "wholly for non-enterprise solutions." That would suggest, then, that enterprise Blackberry messages may remain secure. It also raises questions about whether or not the mobile operators in question are simply providing access to their mail servers. Either way, the whole thing seems weird -- including the government's effort to publicize the fact that it's spying on Blackberry messages.

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    Mordaxus, 23 Sep 2008 @ 3:47pm

    Raised Eyebrow Department

    That's hard to believe, because the BB has a complete cryptosystem on the handset complete with hardware crypto. The mails are encrypted on the handset.

    However, it is well known in infosec that one of the best ways to spy on someone is to convince them that the secure system they are using has been breached, in the hopes that they will switch to an insecure system.

    My bet is there.

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