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BlackBerry Decryption Key Held By Canadian Mounties, Report Says

Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry has been dealt a major blow after court records revealed that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has a copy of the company's global decryption key.

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User Rank: Ninja
4/16/2016 | 9:46:35 AM
Nothing new here
It's been known for some time that RIM had given Saudi Arabia and India some way into their system. Lazaridis was giving an interview, and was then unexpectedly asked about the Saudi and Indian situation that had occurred shortly before. The incident in question was where authorities from both countries demanded a way in, or they would end sales in their countries. There was a standoff that suddenly ended. RIM claimed to have given up nothing, but sales resumed. When Lazaridis was asked what happened, he got angry, complained he didn't know about that question, and walked off. I've always believed that if nothing occurred, he would have said so. We now know, from what Chen said right after the dispute between Apple and the FBI occurred, that Blackberry will allow authorities into their phones with a "legitimate" warrent from any country. What legitimate means is anyone's guess. Chen said that the only thing Blackberry wouldn't give up was access to the BES servers and their NOKs. So, we do know that Blackberry gives this up. Pakistan wanted access to those, and that was what Blackberry denied, not access to their phones. It's possible that Saudi Arabie, India, and others, beside Canada, have their key. I would be surprised if it were otherwise.
User Rank: Ninja
4/16/2016 | 12:09:15 PM
Re: Nothing new here
Interesting reporting -- makes me think again the technology security issues and the law are a zero-sum game -- nobody wins
User Rank: Ninja
4/18/2016 | 9:51:35 PM
Re: Nothing new here
Someone's got to win. Obviously not RIM as the only way they get near the news is when their main selling point is proven to be nonexistent worse than we imagined.
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