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India and BlackBerry close to solution on country's desire to eavesdrop on coded messages

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India and BlackBerry close to solution on country's desire to eavesdrop on coded messages
For years, the Indian government has demanded that RIM turn over encryption keys that would enable it to unscramble messages and monitor corporate email that goes through the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. RIM has allowed India to view personal emails and messages on BBM, but the company has constantly told the Indian government that it doesn't have the encryption keys. RIM says that the messages and emails go through BlackBerry's servers encrypted and are only decoded when the email reaches its destination. The government is worried that secret plans could be made to overthrow it.

"The issue is heading towards a resolution and I think necessary action is being taken in consultation and with the cooperation with all the agencies concerned."-R. Chandrashekhar Head of India's telecommunications ministry
The Indian government now says that it has a way to monitor BlackBerry corporate email without requiring the codes from RIM. India and Indonesia both in the past have threatened shutting down BlackBerry service in the countries unless RIM allows them to monitor corporate email. The Canadian based handset manufacturer has told officials from India that if the country gets rid of corporate security, businesses will start moving out or look for other places to open plants and factories.

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The head of India's telecommunication ministry, R. Chandrashekhar, says India can now monitor BlackBerry messages without the help of RIM. In the past, RIM has offered to give the country metadata which would allow India to know the sender of an email, it's recipient and the kind of device it was sent on. Government officials could use that info to match up with emails in corporate servers. While RIM might be willing to give up metadata,  it continues to claim that it does not have the keys to decode corporate email. It should be interesting to see how India is able to monitor the emails without having the encryption codes.

While India hasn't revealed how it is able to monitor the messages, Vakul Sharma, a New Delhi-based cyber security expert, said a deal with RIM that would give India access to metadata could be the country's best shot at monitoring corporate email. While India is working on a new infrastructure that would let government officials to directly monitor messages sent through telecom operators. BlackBerry's advanced encryption technology doesn't allow corporate emails to be accessed this way.

source: WSJ

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posted on 09 Aug 2012, 00:25 4

1. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Dont they know something exist in the world called privacy

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 00:35 4

2. plgladio (Posts: 311; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


There is but when it comes to the security of a country what to say, you have to undergo such things.

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 00:43 13

3. eisenbricher (Posts: 964; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


India has a lot to do with terrorism, in many cases terrorists were found to be using such 'private and secure' networks for communication.
Also it's not like the government is spying on someone's privacy. If you're not terrorist, you needn't worry about all the s**t.

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 01:00

4. Cyan3boN (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I didnt understand anything!!

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 01:11 5

5. plgladio (Posts: 311; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


When you mail or message from your BB device that is encrypted and sent, so no one can see what is the message you are delivering. To avoid terrorist activity, India and Indonesia government asked RIM to give access to their servers so that government can view suspecious data. But RIM not ready to give the decryption code, now Indian telcom people found the decryption code. Hope this helps you.

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