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RIM lets India snoop on BBM, corporate e-mail still safe

updated 04:05 pm EST, Thu January 13, 2011

RIM gives Indian government access to BBM, e-mail

In its long-standing security debacle with the Indian government, Research In Motion on Thursday said it has found a way to grant security agencies access to the BlackBerry Messenger service and public e-mail. Corporate e-mail services are still secure from prying eyes, however. Whether this solution is satisfactory and meets the target date of January 31 remains to be seen.

RIM is confident the standard meets the government's requirements, though corporate e-mail access is one that hasn't been met. RIM continues to stand by its statement that neither it nor its carriers can decipher the encryptions of these ultra-secure services.

"No changes can be made to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers since, contrary to any rumors, the security architecture is the same around the world and RIM truly has no ability to provide its customers' encryption keys," RIM said in a customer update. The technique shows the encryption keys only for the sender and recipient, preventing even RIM from knowing what a message contains.

India and other middle eastern countries are concerned RIM and other mobile communications services could pose a threat to national security as terrorists may use it to plan attacks. [via Wall Street Journal]

by MacNN Staff



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