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BlackBerry 10 rejected by UK government - not secure enough

BlackBerry 10 rejected by UK government - not secure enough
It turns out that Thorsten and company have overlooked a thing or two while designing the new BlackBerry 10 platform, which is currently available on the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 smartphones. After a strict security check by the UK's Communications Electronics Security Group, it has been concluded that the new OS is not safe enough for use by UK government workers. This comes as a small surprise, since BlackBerry 7 OS is among the few platforms which have managed to pass the tests.

Apparently, the cause for all this is the new BlackBerry Balance software feature, which aims to create two separate experiences on a single BlackBerry 10 handset - one for business and one for personal matters. It's not yet clear exactly why this feature is causing problems.

The security levels which these devices are trying to reach aren't the highest possible. BlackBerry 7 and iOS, for example, have managed to obtain clearance for use in the "restricted" security level, and that is said to be two levels below the top "secret" security level. Unfortunately for BlackBerry, BB 10 will not be allowed even in the "restricted" level for the time being, which is really bad news for the company, as the government sector is one of the markets where it's been traditionally strong, and it's not like it could afford to lose any customers right now, especially when it comes to those beefy government orders.

via: ZDNet

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posted on 20 Mar 2013, 05:18 15

1. darthinvader (Posts: 63; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


iOS got the "restricted" certification?? UK govt. didnt see the lockscreen breach I guess :P

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 06:35 4

12. regkilla (Posts: 83; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


The lockscreen issue has been fixed since yesterday's release of iOS 6.1.3

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 07:14 9

16. Ohrules (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


and been bypassed again on 6.1.4
check out GSMArena blog for more

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:01 1

21. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1372; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


They should give everyone a James Bond - Skyfall edition Xperia T

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 05:19 7

2. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 312; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


It's really painful watching all this bad happen to blackberry. Even though I have yet to experience BB10, it must be just okay. Feel really bad for them :(

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 07:18 4

18. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I feel great...They are dying a slow death and will soon be out of business!

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 09:37 3

25. Xtasy (Posts: 276; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Nothing bad happening to them and they are not dying u douche! Go ahead and read the reviews....It's only the beginning hahahaha

http://www.rogers.com/web/link/wirelessBuyFlow?forwardTo=PhoneThenPlan&productType=normal&productId_Detailed=RIMLBLK&N=52+11+4294948709

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 05:22 10

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


I don't think ios is secure too FYI :)

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 09:39 3

26. Xtasy (Posts: 276; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Blackberry is the most secure no matter what...Android allows all your info to be sent to google for marketing purposes so nothing is safe there

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:20

37. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


MS does the same thing. And its not all your info.

Check hotmail or outlook.com for ads...they will be based on search history and sites visited.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 05:24 2

4. Ohrules (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


deja vu anyone?
http://www.phonearena.com/news/AT-T-receives-BlackBerry-Z10-demo-units-while-BlackBerry-10-fails-U.K.-government-security-test_id41033

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 06:48 4

13. renaissance (Posts: 9; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


PA was so happy, so they decided to repost negative news about BB.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 05:28 5

5. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


God save The Queen [from Blackberry]

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 05:47 4

6. StreetNerd (Posts: 719; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


What bout WP8?

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 05:53 4

7. StreetNerd (Posts: 719; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


downvote for a normal question? lol

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 06:06 3

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


The UK are fools, plain n simple

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 06:19 5

10. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


right, and you keep on living on your lalala land...

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 06:14 3

9. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


looks like windows phone is going to take the place of blackberry

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 06:31 3

11. Hemlocke (unregistered)


No wonder Thorsten was critical of Apple the other day: iOS isn't just eating Blackberry's lunch, it is also eating their breakfast and dinner.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 06:53

14. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


BB 10 is great, why the UK government reject it? I guess they don't even know what is "SECURE".

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 07:19 3

19. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Blackberry is pure garbage!

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 14:46 1

31. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Issue is BRIBE :)

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 07:03 1

15. Aeires (unregistered)


Translation: we want to go with a different OS.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 07:17 1

17. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


hahah Thorsten...another reason your product sucks. Blackberry will fail soon and we will never ever have to hear from them again

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 09:34 2

24. slaggyb (Posts: 191; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Nicholas oliver is a complete loser who just happens to change user names.. but is obvious from his useless comments regarding any blackberry article

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 07:56 1

20. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


PA readers knows more than the UK government on what's secure and not secure. News at 11.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:12

22. yyuu1000 (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


get andriod

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 09:06

23. StreetNerd (Posts: 719; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


BB 10 may be great... but its a fact that they dont meet the security requirements... nothing more nothing less

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 09:46 2

27. renaissance (Posts: 9; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


Here's the official word from CESG on the matter:

"Discussions with BlackBerry are ongoing about the use of the BlackBerry 10 platform in government. We have not yet performed an evaluation of the security of that platform, but we expect to be issuing Platform Guidance in the summer. This will cover a number of platforms including Blackberry 10 (and the use of 'Balance'). We have a long standing security partnership with BlackBerry and this gives us confidence that the BlackBerry 10 platform is likely to represent a viable solution for UK Government."
(Crackberry) // check today's article.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 01:25

41. axllebeer (Posts: 266; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)


Thank you. I read the same thing. The whole article on PA this time was a waste of a read.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 09:54 1

28. renaissance (Posts: 9; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


I don't understand why so many people are so aggressive to platforms other than their own. From the customer point of view we all just win from competition. Stop writing stupid comments and provide some objective opinion.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 10:48 2

29. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


This is false, Phone Arena please investigate good before posting information that is unaccurate

http://www.technobuffalo.com/2013/03/20/blackberry-10-uk-security/

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 13:26 1

30. Stuntman (Posts: 750; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I know with BB10, you split the phone in half. Half is personal and half is business. Part of this security is that it prevents your business from messing with the personal half of the phone and vice versa. A business can wipe the business half of the phone if for instance that person stopped working there. However, the personal side is safe from the business.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 15:14

32. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


LOL this is very funny. But then this was part of the undoing of Blackberry- the lies that have always found their way onto sites such as this one.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:29 2

33. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


iPhonearena... Always so quick to down anything that's not Crappy Apple. This story is FALSE and The Guardian has backtracked on this statement---->http://m.crackberry.com/guardian-backtracks-UK-blackberry-10-security-story

This site has printed a number of Blackberry stories that have turned out to be false. Please do your research guys and print retractions/updates when necessary.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:20 2

34. ant55 (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


Stop spreading lies phone arena. Your story is false and you have no credibility whatsoever. This story was refuted by the UK Govt. If you had a shred of decency or integrity you would print a retraction and apologize to Blackberry for posting this useless garbage. Thank god some of us here keep you honest.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:21 1

35. ant55 (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


Blackberry 1. Alan F. and Phone Arena 0.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:22

36. ant55 (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


oops meant to say Ray S.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:21

38. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


edit.... just saw the new posts about the story...

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 22:48 1

39. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 167; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


LOLZ. Even iBGR took the time to correct their story in an update. These clowns here don't do their due diligence.... at all.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 12:35

40. AlMal (Posts: 29; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Had know idea that the government likes to use BB so much. Free instant messaging, I guess :).

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