B.C. criminals using BlackBerrys

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CriminalAccording to a recent RCMP threat assessment report, BlackBerrys are helping organized crime get a bit more organized. The increasing affordability of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server and devices themselves is making BlackBerry a choice purchase for criminals in British Columbia. The enterprise-level security makes it difficult for law enforcement officials to crack information on the devices, as well as plant wiretaps.

“Every message that is sent via a BlackBerry is broken up into 2Kb [kilobyte] packets of information, each of which is given a 256-bit key by the BlackBerry server,” said [Scott Totzke, RIM's vice-president of global security]. “That means to release the contents of a 10Kb e-mail, a person would have to crack five separate keys, and each one would take about as long as it would for the sun to burn out — billion of years.”

What do you guys think, are BlackBerry communications getting too secure for their own good?

  • http://DaveHughes.Com/ Dave Hughes

    I think it’s great. For business use, the blackberry should be secure enough to instill the confidence in the product that is needed to effectively do business unfettered by worries that someone will intercept your business secrets. Politicians also use blackberries for the same reason. Case in point: When an elderly couple “just happened to intercept a cell phone conversation” that Newt Gingritch was having with some fellow GOP operatives. Clearly they were working for the DNC and that’s not much different than watergate.
    There is nothing in this world that can’t be used for ill purposes rather than for it was intended to be used for. With that said, you can’t neuter the world in hopes of squelching a small portion of the bad things that they may be used for.

  • http://DaveHughes.Com Dave Hughes

    I think it’s great. For business use, the blackberry should be secure enough to instill the confidence in the product that is needed to effectively do business unfettered by worries that someone will intercept your business secrets. Politicians also use blackberries for the same reason. Case in point: When an elderly couple “just happened to intercept a cell phone conversation” that Newt Gingritch was having with some fellow GOP operatives. Clearly they were working for the DNC and that’s not much different than watergate.
    There is nothing in this world that can’t be used for ill purposes rather than for it was intended to be used for. With that said, you can’t neuter the world in hopes of squelching a small portion of the bad things that they may be used for.

  • http://www.gemblock.com/ Artem Cheban

    Yeah and it’s definitely a good thing.

  • http://www.gemblock.com/ Artem Cheban

    Yeah and it’s definitely a good thing.

  • http://booyaa.org/ booyaa

    Yeah but Internet eMail is /still/ unencrypted unless the hoods have managed to implement S/MIME or PGP w/ their “associates” as well.

    I very much doubt these guys are using Exchange or Lotus Notes or some other form of enterprise eMail.

  • http://booyaa.org booyaa

    Yeah but Internet eMail is /still/ unencrypted unless the hoods have managed to implement S/MIME or PGP w/ their “associates” as well.

    I very much doubt these guys are using Exchange or Lotus Notes or some other form of enterprise eMail.