John Chen mum on BlackBerry encryption compromise with Canada law enforcement

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If you’re in Canada and you don’t want the Royal Canadian Mounted Police peeping through your BlackBerry’s content, get rid of it. Chances are, if that phone’s not for business, the agency has a way to get into it — likely thanks to BlackBerry.

An investigation lead by Motherboard and Vice tells of “over one million” BBM messages obtained and then read by breaking BlackBerry’s standard end-to-end encryption. The messages were used to pin down suspects of a mafia-related murder in Montreal.

The company uses a “global encryption key” on all of its devices while corporate phones pass through enterprise servers with unique encryption keys. With those facts, there are major worries as to which key or keys the RCMP got and how it got them. Did Waterloo help Ottawa?

BlackBerry CEO John Chen took to blogging his response to the article, saying that the company’s “guiding principle has been to do what is right for the citizenry, within legal and ethical boundaries.”

All Chen was willing to say was that what BlackBerry did to help the RCMP complied with its principles and that no BES server was involved. We don’t know, if it is the case that the firm gave the global key away, whether BlackBerry has changed that global key.

Is Canada that different a field from the United States or are Apple and BlackBerry hanging off of different trees? All we know is that if hardware doesn’t pan out for the firm, perhaps knowing that BlackBerry would be willing to make even a slight compromise in its software might steer you away.

Source: BlackBerry
Via: Engadget

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Jules Wang

Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.