BlackBerry code cracked by Indian govt

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BlackBerry code cracked by Indian govt

India's government claims it has found a way to monitor email sent via BlackBerry, something even manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) claims it can't do.

If true, the technical discovery could end months of squabbling between India and the beleagured Canadian phonemaker. RIM has long maintained its network is so secure it could not comply with the country's requests to monitor BlackBerry emails. The government claims it needs the oversight to intercept messages between criminals or anti-government extremists.

India's Information Technology Secretary Shri Chandrashekhar said his government now believes it can monitor BlackBerry emails without decrypting the actual messages. He declined to give further details.

Along with Indonesia, India has threatened to block RIM's access to its large, lucrative market if the company continues to refuse to provide its customers' encryption keys. The company has maintained that it has no access to individuals' codes.

This article originally appeared at scmagazineus.com

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