BlackBerry says its phones are still secure after report that Dutch group decrypted email

BlackBerry says its phones are still secure after report that Dutch group decrypted email
You might recall that a few days ago, we passed along a report stating that the Netherlands Forensic Institute had decrypted emails taken from a BlackBerry device. In a response posted today on its blog, BlackBerry responded by saying that its phones are "as secure as they have always been." The company says that it does not have information about the device employed, how it was configured and other factors pertaining to the claim.

The source of the story, Motherboard, cited Crime News as saying that a BlackBerry 9720 was employed. The phone used PGP encryption and was purchased from one of a number of vendors who sell so-called PGP enhanced BlackBerry handsets. These phones typically include custom-built, security focused software which includes encrypted email.

BlackBerry said that the ability of the NFI to crack the encryption might have nothing to do with the way the BlackBerry handset was designed. The manufacturer said that an unsecure third party app, or the "deficient security behavior of the user" could have been responsible. The NFI is an organization that works with law enforcement.

BlackBerry added in its response that it does not have a back door on its devices, and its phones do not store device passwords. As a result, it does not share such passwords with law enforcement agencies or anyone else. There is speculation that software from Cellebrite was used to decrypt the email, or that a memory chip was removed from the device and the data subsequently dumped.

You can read the entire response from BlackBerry, below.

source: BlackBerry via Crackberry



1. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

but not with BB+android :')

2. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

It will be secure, unless the device is rooted.

3. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

It's not rootable so it'll remain secure.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Due to the Root of Trust process that the Priv goes through on boot-up, as well as the Priv not being able to be rooted, and PIN injected encryption process right into the Priv hardware, it's pretty secure.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Happy to see that BlackBerry set the record straight on this subject.

6. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

That's a pretty old phone aways......If they did it on the Priv....that would suck.

12. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

They're so secure they can even afford to leave one or two "lawful intercepts" in there (BlackBerry logic).

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

They're more secure than everyone else.

23. KillBuZZ

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

Secure against 'unauthorised or unlawfull' access. A judge has to issue BlackBerry with a court order before they ISSUE information passed through their servers only relevant to the period as per the case, no external intercepts are granted.

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