Wednesday, December 3, 2008

India’s government: At last, we’ve cracked Blackberry’s encryption

Following India’s threat to shut down the Blackberry network in the country unless Research in Motion allows the government to snoop on Blackberry users made earlier this year, the country seems to have found a more pragmatic solution, and in a surprising move has publicly announced that they have finally managed to crack Blackberry’s encryption :

The government has decrypted the data on Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry networks. The department of telecommunication (DoT), Intelligence Bureau and security agency National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) have done tests on service providers such as Bharti Airtel, BPL Mobile, Reliance Communications and Vodafone-Essar networks for interception of Internet messages from BlackBerry to non-BlackBerry devices.

Initially, there were difficulties in cracking the same on Vodafone-Essar network but that has also been solved. This means that the e-mail messages sent on Internet through your BlackBerry sets would no longer be exclusive and government would be able to track them.” (more) (history)

"New Delhi, New Delhi"
Start spreadin' the news, RIM's leavin' today
Don't want no part of it, spy pork, spy pork
These Blackberry blues, are a freakin' dismay
Spy right through the very heart of it, New Delhi, New Delhi

If they can tap it here, They'll tap it anywhere
Fed up with you, New Delhi, New Delhi.