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Spyware In BlackBerry Updates For Users in the UAE 116

Posted by timothy
from the this-could-happen-in-$yourcountry-too dept.
mulaz writes with this excerpt from The Register: "An update pushed out to BlackBerry users on the Etisalat network in the United Arab Emirates appears to contain remotely-triggered spyware that allows the interception of messages and emails, as well as crippling battery life. Sent out as a WAP Push message, the update installs a Java file that one curious customer decided to take a closer look at, only to discover an application intended to intercept both email and text messages, sending a copy to an Etisalat server without the user being aware of anything beyond a slightly excessive battery drain."
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Spyware In BlackBerry Updates For Users in the UAE

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  • by Magee_MC (960495) on Wednesday July 15, 2009 @03:26PM (#28707827)
    " as well as crippling battery life." is not the same as "a slightly excessive battery drain."
  • by Freetardo Jones (1574733) on Wednesday July 15, 2009 @03:50PM (#28708115)

    You say it as if its a bad thing.

    That's because it is.

    I, for one, would rather see Jobs get his liver than, say, some old person who worked as a machinist for 30 years, or even worse, an alcoholic native american.

    Yeah, because the only choices were either him or the two extreme examples you've given. There are probably plenty of people on the list far more deserving than Jobs who got bumped down because they couldn't afford to buy their way to the top.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 15, 2009 @03:55PM (#28708155)

    "As far as non-north-american countries go - the UAE is very progressive"
    Hahahahaha, ahem, sorry I mean LOL. Are you serious?
    What's so "progressive" about north american countries? Different isn't better per se.
    "in North America we are an odd country and culture - we simply take it as the norm that nobody will listen to us"
    That's at least a generalisation, and some might say naive.
    "a foreigner in a position of influence that he would be monitored regularly if not constantly."
    Yes, that would never happen in north America.

  • by JCSoRocks (1142053) on Wednesday July 15, 2009 @04:13PM (#28708373)
    Haha, of course! Troubleshooting network issues is so much simpler when you're using twice the bandwidth as you were before just so that you can send yourself a copy of everything being sent.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 15, 2009 @04:50PM (#28708833)

    Where shall I start?
    The death penalty, no social security, no basic healthcare, the gun and the bible.
    And this is just for starters. The USA is very progressive, in comparison to other American countries, but still many decades behind the "decadent" Europeans.

    See, there's no truth, only peception.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 15, 2009 @05:32PM (#28709449)

    Where shall I start?
    The death penalty, no social security, no basic healthcare, the gun and the bible.
    And this is just for starters. The USA is very progressive, in comparison to other American countries, but still many decades behind the "decadent" Europeans.

    See, there's no truth, only peception.

    -Death Penalty: All countries have this, just not for the same crimes. Try committing treason in most places and see what that gets you, and Genocide is punishable by death in pretty much any country that doesn't have general Death Penalty. I'm not saying the US is right, but don't try to pretend your country won't kill someone if they feel they have just cause.

    - Social Security: Umm, yes we do have that.

    - Healthcare: Again, we do have that, through Medicaid and multiple other programs. We just don't have one consolidated umbrella-type program run by the government.

    - The Gun: Yes, every country has them. Some countries like the US seem to think that maybe more than just the political elite, military, and those with money & influence should be able to own them.

    - The Bible: Again, every country has one. In many places, like the Middle East, they just use a different one called by a different name.

    I can tell by your statements that by "progressive" you really mean "Socialist". The two are not the same.

  • Australia (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 15, 2009 @05:53PM (#28709703)

    Death Penalty, no we dont have it for any crime, this is the touchstone for the difference between civilised countries and others. Only uncivilised countries have the death penalty.

    Socail security- You dont have a proper social security system compared with other countries.

    Health Care-The US does not have universal health care but spends more than countries that do, quite an achievement.

    The Gun- As much a religion to some in the US as the bible, we got rid of most of the guns in our society and we have no regrets.

    YAnks just dont know what socialism is do they?

  • Bullshit (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 15, 2009 @06:05PM (#28709855)

    "No basic healthcare"? Sorry, fucktard, anyone who's sick can go to the ER and get treated. There is basic health care. "The gun and the bible". I understand that this whole "freedom of religion" thing pisses you off, as you'd like to force everyone to be an atheist. That's really fucking progressive. Perhaps you forgot the point of the gun. The gun is so that the government doesn't become like the European governments they left 250 years ago. So the government doesn't become like Hitler's Germany or Stalin's Russia. For an acid test, how about you get a Nazi flag, march up and down a sidewalk in the US, and then try the same thing in Germany.

    By the way, I know how healthcare works in Europe. "Oh, you have insurance, come ahead now." Maybe Greece and Italy aren't part of Europe, but your universal healthcare seems to be a case of some pigs are more equal.

    By the way, retards. I'm in the Emirates right now, and it's the most progressive country I've seen outside of North America, if by progressive you mean "progressing towards human rights." And yes, I've spent quite a while in quite a few european and African countries.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 16, 2009 @05:59AM (#28714587)

    You want good health care, you pay for it.
    You want a fancy car, you pay for it.
    You want a good retirement, you pay for it.

    You want police protection, you pay for it.
    You want fire coverage, you pay for it.

    Oh wait...

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