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India soon ready to spy on BBM users
According to India Times, the technology needed for Indian officials to spy on BlackBerry Messenger users in the country is almost ready to be turned on. A wiretap warrant from the Union Home Ministry would still be required, but the technology will allow Indian officials to catch unencrypted BBM messages before they go through the BlackBerry Internet Service when it becomes too late to decipher.

Details of the

Details of the "spying" plan

The BlackBerry Enterprise Servers were not a concern for the police in the country since they usually handle conversations between employees. As we told you back in January, RIM was concerned for the security of its corporate users in the country. On the other hand, the officials in the country are worried that the 256-bit encrypted data used for BBM messages can be used by terrorists. At first, RIM had objected to the "spying" since Indian officials, without a server of their own, would have had to spy on RIM's Canadian servers. But a RIM server was added in Mumbai in February, and while BBM messages usually are not encrypted until the ending destination of a message (RIM never gets the messages delivered to the company), the Indian government is being allowed access to whatever messages it can read, with the wiretap warrant of course.

India is worried about recent terrorism that took place in Mumbai which was coordinated by text messages in a timeframe too quick for police to intervene. If the plans that those plain text messages described couldn't be stopped, there is no guarantee that intercepting BBM messages will do much good. The government is expected to receive a list from mobile carriers in the country of the 5,000 BES servers in India. The carriers will also tap BBM messages and share them with the government when requested to do so

The next stop for
the Department of Telecommunications is Nokia's push email system which is similar to the BlackBerry process. Indian officials have no fear of communications made over iOS or Android models because they use standard security and can be more easily intercepted.

source: IndiaToday via Electronista

The timeframe of RIM-India cooperation

The timeframe of RIM-India cooperation

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posted on 08 Apr 2012, 16:52 1

1. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

I-m second.....

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 17:17

3. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

learn how to count.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 21:22 4

5. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

Don't be silly panda.... if I wrote first
I would've got more reds...

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 19:53

14. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


posted on 08 Apr 2012, 17:17

2. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Thought PA was off for the holiday, guess not.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 17:37

4. VinCrel (Posts: 39; Member since: 26 Dec 2011)

catch unencrypred BBM messages

I guess this is *unencrypted

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 22:33

6. Cyan3boN (Posts: 444; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

time for terrorists to switch to other im's

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 22:47 1

7. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)

by the time india govt starts monitoring there won't be not many remainin to be monitored, seeing how RIM performs these days.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 22:50 1

8. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

Wow! Seems like bureaucratic red tape at its finest. This has been going on since 2010?!! Rim seems to take its' own privacy over national security.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 00:25

9. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

By the time Indian government have access to it, RIM the sinking ship would have cease to exist.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 00:27

10. drahmad (Posts: 480; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)

indian govt thinks retro

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 04:43 2

12. Bluedroid (Posts: 57; Member since: 12 Sep 2011)

STFU Paki !!!

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 03:03 1

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Indian govt. may have some catching up to do - iMessage traffic is encrypted at the device before being sent, if memory serves. Apple may have a trapdoor to enable decryption of iMessage traffic, but where time is of the essence, contacting Cupertino may not be practical.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 13:37

13. Jerry209 (Posts: 42; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


posted on 25 Apr 2012, 03:41

15. BryanAdam (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)

I think India trying to steal out everyone Secret, and its most upgraded and common technology Every where, Government and Agencies most Probably rely on these Blackberry Spy App in order to disclose anyone secret.

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