Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Indian Government successfully cracks Blackberry code

Inidian Goverment has cracked the Black Berry code finally. itexaminer.com has publish the following article on it.

Background:
According to the Times of India, the company said in a statement:

The BlackBerry security architecture for enterprise customers is purposefully designed to exclude the capability for RIM or any third party to read encrypted information under any circumstances. We regret any concern prompted by incorrect speculation or rumours and wish to assure customers that RIM is committed to continue serving security-conscious business in the Indian market.

Indian Government successfully cracks Blackberry code
In a joint initiative, Indian Government agencies like the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Indian Intelligence bureau (IB) and National Technical Research organisation (NTRO) have successfully carried out tests that can track and monitor Blackberry data. These tests were carried out on the subscribers of the telcos like Reliance Communications (RCom), Vodafone, Airtel and BPL Mobile. These mobile service providers also provide Blackberry services.

The tests will not only track and monitor the communication between Blackberry-to-blackberry devices but also Blackberry to other devices. The test has reportedly gone well except few difficulties faced in decrypting the code of the Vodafone subscribers of one particular service provider but also but that has also been solved.

The tests, as per the reports, not only tested the communication between BlackBerry-to-BlackBerry devices but will also monitor the communication between Blackberry-to-other devices.

The DoT will not share the solution with any of the service providers, not even state telcos like Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL).
A DoT source has said
TOI confirming the tests has said the tests has been conducted wholly for non-enterprise solutions. The Blackberry maker, Research in Motion (RIM), has not yet come out with any comment. Sources close to Airtel confirmed that DoT succeeded in carrying out the decoding of the Blackberry encryptions.

Officials of other Blackberry service providers though declined to comment as of now.
The DoT may ask any service provider to make few technical changes to bring compatibility for the decompression that would enable the agencies to decode information for the data transfer to other forms like data to voice, data to video or data to text.


Earlier, The DoT had asked RIM for the message encryption key for accessibility to content transfers. But RIM had refused to provide DoT with the masker key. RIM is against allowing any third party to access the information exchanged over its network.

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