BlackBerry encryption is too secure

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The encryption developed by BlackBerry’s manufacturers, designed to ensure secrecy during corporate business deals is now facing some serious privacy issues.

The Indian government’s internal security and intelligence services cannot break the encryption of the device. Thus, they are unable to monitor data in the interests of national security, which makes countering terror threats and national security matters difficult - especially for a region which faces constant threats and attacks from domestic Maoist insurgents and extremist Islamic groups.

Bappa Majumdar reports:

Indian authorities, who met with RIM officials on Friday, also pledged to go after other companies — including Google and Skype — to protect the country from cyber-spying and attacks planned over the Internet.

RIM faces an August 31 deadline to give authorities the means to read email and instant messages sent over the BlackBerry. New Delhi says it will pull the plug if RIM won’t comply, threatening its future in the world’s fastest-growing telecoms market.

The BBC also confirmed via the United Arab Emirates’s state media that come October, all half a million BlackBerry users in the region will have some services (including Messenger, email and web browsing) suspended unless a "solution compatible with local laws is reached", amid national security concerns.