Canadian government intercepts millions of BBMs, arrests more than 30 linked to organized crime

Canadian government intercepts millions of BBMs, arrests more than 30 linked to organized crime
In the French Canadian province of Quebec, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, arrested several people in connection with Italian based mob activities. The charges range from conspiracy, drug trafficking, and kidnapping.

That is good news for everyday Canadian citizens. The investigation, dubbed Project Clemenza, involved all the tools one might expect in a law enforcement operation. What is also interesting is the RCMP’s acknowledgement and highlighting of the interception of “Pin to Pin messaging” between BlackBerry devices.

More than a million messages were intercepted to identify, and build a case against, the mobsters being investigated. BlackBerry, despite its sales troubles, is still considered the standard bearer when it comes to mobile security, particularly the BlackBerry Messenger and PIN-to-PIN messaging features.

Unlike business clients that route such messaging through their own enterprise servers, the rest of us, and presumably this gang that just got clipped by the police, use BlackBerry’s gear. It is still secure compared to traditional email, but it looks like BlackBerry has access to, and has the ability to decode the encrypted communications.

No one has made any official comment on the matter, but it was almost certainly done in compliance with a court order. However, if you are a BlackBerry consumer and wondering how accessible your communications are, the company offers only this as assurance about its business customers enjoying an “unprecedented level of end-to-end security.”

source: The Globe and Mail

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20 Comments

1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

At least it's not just us

2. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

nope, you lucky guys have the NSA, CIA, FBI and a bunch of other $h!t

3. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Yea..the country is a little too free atm. If it helps decrease organized crime. Alfred Pennyworth: Some men just want to watch the world burn.

12. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I hope that is sarcasm, because there is never a reason for the government to have access to all of this information.

16. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Yeah I was making fun of it. Government shouldn't have that information, but it's good that they got those criminals. Spying on other countries is a serious thing..but I guess I'm a bit loose on government controlling it's own country. Being spied on to help people from being kidnapped...I'll take the being spied on. Cuz I got nothing to lose...it might be important to rich ppl.

17. Rydsmith unregistered

Except when it stops things like terrorism and planned attacks....>_>

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. Ppl cant have it both ways. How do they think most of these agencies do what they do? If ppl realized just how many attacks have been stopped because of this....maybe they will look at it differently.

18. willard12 unregistered

Except they do most of their spying internationally. You have them too.

19. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

yeah it is EVERY COUNTRY

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

NELL!

5. jesusnexo unregistered

its canada so its ok :D

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

So much for BBs 'security'….

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

LMAO. Exactly. I am waiting for the paranoid postings of 0xFFFF, Leo_MC and a few others.. Of course they always want to single Google out....and some how skip over news like this about other companies. This is a doozy from the article: 'but it looks like BlackBerry has access to, and has the ability to decode the encrypted communications.' No one is safe from the company providing the service, no matter what the service is. If you really want to be safe from snooping, stay off the electronic grid, go live in a cave. A deep cave in a huge mountain.

7. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I think the 'security' should be erased from the dictionary cause we don't have it. First country to go down is America then the rest follows.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Security is a matter of how diligent one is in practicing it. The wise guys fell for the fairy tale that BBs were the most secure handsets out there. NOT. The three-letter agencies still don't know what all Snowden took with him - 'cause he encrypted with very strong encryption what he took. They are having to wait and see what he releases. Just like the rest of us. There is a reason why the professional spooks are open to cutting a deal with Snowden - they really want to know what he took, so they know what has been compromised, even if it costs serious $ to fix/work around. Ignorance in this case could cost lives.

9. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

As I said in all my post regarding security. Each and all platform is as secure as it is. BB is secure, Android is secure, iOS is secure. I don't know about WP as microsoft has the habit of building swiss chess security system. Or in other word, Android is not less secure than BB, iOS is not less secure than BB. and the security argument that BB zealot love to use is invalid. Thus, bb does not have any strong point against other OS. But, BB might be more secure than WP though... LOL

11. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

If they had used iMessage,they wouldn't have been caught. Source:http://www.cnet.com/news/apples-imessage-encryption-trips-up-feds-surveillance/

13. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Don't be thinking that iMessage is totally secure. It is secure from the lazy, low hanging fruit attempts to hack it. But it lacks some of the really secure provisions.

14. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

I think it is pretty secure, unless they are handing the things over to the nsa lol =(

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Apple advertises (via their ToS) that they provide 'assistance' to law enforcement agencies with court orders.... If the iMessage is going through Apple servers, they (Apple) are a man-in-the-middle. Just like BB was in the article.

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