Chen: iCloud hack would not have happened on BlackBerry's network

Chen: iCloud hack would not have happened on BlackBerry's network
BlackBerry CEO John Chen, who finished last year in second place for CNN's CEO of the Year award behind Apple's Tim Cook, sat down for a chat with former Times writer David Pogue. Talking about the secure BlackBerry network, Chen said that the iCloud hack, which lead to the embarrassing release of photos showing celebrities in their birthday suits, never would have happened with the BlackBerry pipeline. Noting that President Obama and other world leaders use BlackBerry, the executive said that it is the best choice for those concerned with security.

Unlike the previous administrations running the company, Chen understands that he is working for BlackBerry shareholders. "I love phones," he said. But, he added, "I equally like making money." To that end, the executive says that he hopes that the two latest releases, the business-centric BlackBerry Passport and the old-school BlackBerry Classic, will first stabilize the installed base, and then bring in a lot of new customers. He characterizes BlackBerry handsets as being productive, secure and private, with a big battery.

Talking about the man he replaced as CEO, Chen said that Thorsten Heins might have been with the company too long. When he first replaced Heins, Chen said the company was spending $1.1 billion more than it was taking in, which he knew was not sustainable. The next quarter saw a decline to $775 million of red ink, followed by a loss of $255 million. Then came a return to operating profitability in the amount of $46 million. It truly seems that BlackBerry has turned the corner.

source: Yahoo

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5. Rydsmith unregistered

Wasn't it also done by just getting the credentials via spoofing and not a "hack?" If that's the case this could easily happen on BBYR as I have logged into my BES account on a new device with no issues.

9. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Not a BlackBerry hater here, but it will be funny if today you proclaim that it's won't happen, and the next day you get hack.

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

BlackBerry was a dominant force in the smartphone arena in its heyday and it couldn't be hacked then just as it can't be hacked now. Get over it, it's the only game in town when it comes to security. It may be deficient in other areas but when CEOs of other OSes (Larry Page) use BBs, that tells you everything you need to know.

18. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Uff, I wanted to respond to this idiotic statement but I'm too drunk to do so :-)

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He's still living in the past. Let him have his moment.

28. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

And you're still living under the bridge with the rest of the trolls.

62. Mxyzptlk unregistered

How original. So utterly original.

77. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

And yet, so utterly true.

29. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You're still living in denial. At least I have a moment, nobody gives you the time of day, especially a woman.

60. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol now now if you're going to get cranky, I'm going to put the troll food away.

67. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Cranky? Hardly, it's almost like watching a funny science experiment that went awry with you and Saint Helen. Darwin did not account for either of you when forming his hypothesis.

20. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Would be a pity.

26. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

My belief is, others would have fallen and given up their secrets long before BB would in this regard. Err like they did.

35. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Of course it wouldn't have happened on BB's network. First, BB would have to have a cloud storage service, and secondly, people would have to actually USE it. Can't hack what doesn't exist. It would be smart of BB to introduce their own cloud storage. If "Entourage" is accurate, everybody in Hollywood uses BlackBerry's (or did 4 years ago when RIM paid millions for product placement in the show), so they should market to hot celebs that like to upload nekkid pics of themselves.

44. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

I think BB were too scared to be hacked, and choose to absent from cloud.

49. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Weren't you on a time out for trolling? You didn't learn? The only reason why BlackBerry isn't on the Cloud is because the Cloud isn't secure. Period.

63. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The user base is marginally small so the effort wouldn't be worth it.

73. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

For once you're right about something. The last place any government or corporation would store sensitive information is the cloud. Seeing as BlackBerry is the undisputed leader in that segment, it would not be worth the effort. Now, for a virgin schmuck like you, the cloud is the perfect place for you to hide your porn from your mommy.

78. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Thats exactly what Darkk said about you.

85. meanestgenius

Posts: 22084; Member since: May 28, 2014

When BlackBerry enters the "Cloud", you can bet it will be done correctly and securely. And that's just what they have done with their cloud platform for the Internet of Things, something that the BlackBerry detractors here most likely know nothing about. Ignorance must truly be bliss. Leveraging their QNX platform and combining it with their secure network infrastructure, BlackBerry has entered into the "Cloud" arena. And what they are going to be doing is something far greater than storing your photos or your music and videos.

83. meanestgenius

Posts: 22084; Member since: May 28, 2014

Wow! I missed a good one here! Anyway.... What John Chen said is absolutely correct. What happened to Apple with the iCloud hacking never would have happened to BlackBerry. Their network is too secure. I see a lot of iOS fans up-in-arms about this statement. But it's a FACT. You think the individuals that run the world would put their faith in a platform, FOR YEARS, that could be easily hacked? No, they wouldn't. You iOS fans don't think that the NSA themselves haven't tried to hack BlackBerry over the years, especially when they were at the height of their popularity? You think hackers haven't tried the same during the same time period? Of course they did. But to no avail. The popularity of the platform has nothing to do with it. Users of other platforms, iOS fans especially, love to make that claim, when it couldn't be further from the truth. What hacker, even now, wouldn't want to be known as "The One That Successfully Hacked BlackBerry"? Any one of those them, even today, would want that recognition. It's been tried, but the attempts have thus far been unsuccessful. You iOS fans (and the one Windows fan...really dude?), should see how childish you all look, crying and moaning and proclaiming that it's because of "popularity" (or lack thereof) that BlackBerry hasn't been hacked when the TRUTH is that to date it just cannot be done. It's one of the main, underlying reasons why I choose BLACKBERRY over the other platforms. It's SECURE. THE MOST SECURE platform in mobile on the planet. Whole government's use and depend on BlackBerry year in and year out. The world's LARGEST pharmaceutical companies trust and use BlackBerry year in and year out. The worlds LARGEST oil and gas companies trust and use BlackBerry year in and year out. The world LARGEST law firms trust and use BlackBerry year in and year out. The worlds LARGEST enterprises and others in regulated industries and use BlackBerry year in and year out. When it comes to Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), BlackBerry is larger than their next 3 competitors COMBINED. They have built a secure foundation from the ground up and maintained it for over 30 years. Security is in its DNA. You iOS fans (and the one Windows fan), as well as the usual bunch that troll BlackBerry articles, are trying to compare "popularity" and smartphone platforms to that? There is a reason why the movers and shakers of the WORLD trust BlackBerry above all other platforms, and popularity and games have absolutely nothing to do with it. Think about it....

84. meanestgenius

Posts: 22084; Member since: May 28, 2014

There is also a reason why other smartphone OEM's are turning to BlackBerry, whether it's to help build and maintain their own secure networks (Samsung), or whether its to use their secure platform, QNX, to help maintain their own foray into the auto infotainment industry (LG), of which BlackBerry owned QNX is and has been the market leader for quite some time. And let's not forget Boeing, the the defense contractor. They have turned to BlackBerry as well to build a secure smartphone for government.

91. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

yeah BB is more secure than other OS (ios/iphone, android, WP, etc) but looks like no one put Security as their main priority concern

92. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Mr Chen blackberry may be very secure but nothing is perfect,don't tempt fate cause it never ends well.

100. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Blackberry is more secure than Apple services. Sony relied on Blackberries to get their systems back online during the NK hack. Also, the Whitehouse wouldn't allow Obama to use any phone other than a Blackberry. That's gotta be something. And no, I am not an Android fanboy. I actually love idevices and own an iPhone 6 Plus and iPad 4 lol..


Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

These comments were quite entertaining. Holy cow.

121. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

We do what we can to keep the masses informed and entertained at the same time.

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