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RIM's Encryption 'Too Secure' For Indian Government's Taste 140

Posted by timothy
from the nsa-smiles-and-nods-politely dept.
climenole writes "Research in Motion, the creator of the widely used enterprise-cum-consumer BlackBerry device, has an uncertain position in India. The Indian government's internal security and intelligence services cannot break the encryption of the device, which makes countering terror threats and national security matters difficult — especially for a region which faces constant threats and attacks from domestic Maoist insurgents and extremist Islamic groups." Does it make you wonder how much safer everyone would be if parkas, mailing envelopes, cash, and superglue were all evaluated on the same basis?
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RIM's Encryption 'Too Secure' For Indian Government's Taste

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  • by countertrolling (1585477) on Sunday August 01, 2010 @03:51PM (#33103530) Journal

    How can we can keep private, secure communications from being blocked?

  • by simpz (978228) on Sunday August 01, 2010 @06:25PM (#33105014)

    ..to a server outside the country.

    Or is it that most people when using other smartphones don't know or just don't bother to use the SSL versions of these services.

  • by LaRainette (1739938) on Sunday August 01, 2010 @07:16PM (#33105432)
    braodcasting on a private network with encrypted protocols ?

    Try to hack encrypted information from any company in the world and we'll see if someone wasn't expecting "privacy"... when your ass rots in jail.
  • Re:And GnuPG? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by stephanruby (542433) on Sunday August 01, 2010 @10:23PM (#33106620)

    And so most European governments except the UK I take it. All European governments (except for the UK) have warned their own government officials and company executives NOT to use BlackBerry/RIM.

    The main problem is that if you send a text, an IM, an email, or anything to the person sitting next to you in any European country you might be located in, it's encrypted all-right, but your blackberry will always route that message to the UK first (and the Canadian company Research In Motion is able to decrypt that message of course). And with the Anglo/Canadian/US/Australian intelligence-sharing pact and the presence of Echelon in the UK, that might as well mean you're letting the NSA and its friends index all your BlackBerry communications for US consumption.

    India is not stupid. It would have to have known about this. Probably someone from the US/UK is still pressuring them to keep this trojan horse around their neck, as they're trying to get rid of it -- not wanting to make the US lose face -- still toeing the US anti-terrorist official line (hoping that they don't get sanctioned for this small act of insolence toward their masters).

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