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Key ministry officials asked not to use Blackberry for emails




Key ministry officials asked not to use Blackberry for emails
Key ministry officials asked not to use Blackberry for emails



http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article81598.ece?homepage=true 

The Hindu
January 17, 2010

Against the backdrop of concerns over hacking of crucial official 
websites, central security agencies have again warned the government 
about the use of multi-tasking blackberry instruments by some of the 
officials working in sensitive ministries including the Prime Minister.s 
office.

Agencies have also cautioned against the practice of connecting official 
computers and laptops with unsecured internet connections by some 
bureaucrats thus compromising security.

With hackers mainly from China very active and having penetrated deep 
into the cyber space, the security agencies had asked all ministries 
especially the Defence, External, Home and the PMO to separate their 
official computers with those used for internet connection.

The recommendations of the central security agencies seem to have gone 
unheeded. An official maintained that their suggestion was only 
recommendatory in nature. The National Technical and Research 
Organisation (NTRO) also circulated the Do.s and Don.ts to key 
ministries recently after attempts from hackers were noticed.

A quick random check was carried out during which it was found that some 
of the officials in the Prime Minister.s Office were using Blackberry 
services and had linked their official emails on the handset, which is 
not allowed. 

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