India soon ready to spy on BBM users

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.

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


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15 Comments

1. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I-m second.....

3. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

learn how to count.

5. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

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

14. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

creative.

2. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Thought PA was off for the holiday, guess not.

4. VinCrel

Posts: 39; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

catch unencrypred BBM messages I guess this is *unencrypted

6. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

time for terrorists to switch to other im's

7. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

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

8. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

9. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

10. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

indian govt thinks retro

12. Bluedroid

Posts: 57; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

STFU Paki !!!

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

13. Jerry209

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

2012....

15. BryanAdam

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 18, 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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