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At last, govt cracks BlackBerry code

At last, govt cracks BlackBerry code
At last, govt cracks BlackBerry code

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By Niranjan Bharati
ET Bureau
22 Sep, 2008

NEW DELHI: The government has decrypted the data on Research In Motion=E2=80=99s 
(RIM) BlackBerry networks. The department of telecommunication (DoT), 
Intelligence Bureau and security agency National Technical Research 
Organisation (NTRO) have done tests on service providers such as Bharti 
Airtel, BPL Mobile, Reliance Communications and Vodafone-Essar networks 
for interception of Internet messages from BlackBerry to non-BlackBerry 

Initially, there were difficulties in cracking the same on 
Vodafone-Essar network but that has also been solved. This means that 
the e-mail messages sent on Internet through your BlackBerry sets would 
no longer be exclusive and government would be able to track them.

=E2=80=9CDecompression is being tested in operator=E2=80=99s network with three 
successful testing on Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communication and BPL 
Mobile,=E2=80=9D a source in DoT said. He, however, added that the solution 
reached upon would not be shared with anybody including the national 
telecom service providers like BSNL or MTNL. =E2=80=9CThe test is being 
conducted wholly for non-enterprise solutions,=E2=80=9D he said. The Union 
cabinet has also been apprised of the recent developments by the DoT.

Makers of BlackBerry set, RIM, could not be contacted for comment. An 
e-mail sent in this regard the company did not elicit any response till 
the time of going for press. An official in Vodafone-Essar, however, on 
conditions of anonymity said that there has been substantial progress in 
decoding the BlackBerry encryptions and DoT has got success on 
decompressing the data on the networks of all the major service 


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