You may have been following the NSA debacle taking place in the US. It’s beginning to spread throughout the world as allegations claim other governments have partaken in the PRISM program.
A new claim has surfaced that alleges the UK Government Communications Headquarters managed to penetrate the security on delegates’ BlackBerry smartphones while hosting foreign politicians and officials during two Group of 20 summit meetings in London in 2009.
Email messages and phone calls were allegedly monitored, according to “top secret” documents uncovered by the NSA whistleblower.
However, BlackBerry has been the pinnacle of mobile security, which is why governments and corporations around the world have chosen the platform.
If these allegations prove true, it could suggest that BlackBerry was either working with the government or its system had been unknowingly accessed by a third-party.
The documents in the Guardian report were cited as saying, “New converged events capabilities against BlackBerry provided advance copies of G20 briefings to ministers… Diplomatic targets from all nations have an MO of using smartphones. Exploited this use at the G20 meetings last year.”
We’ve reached out the BlackBerry and are awaiting their response. It will certainly be interesting to see how these new allegations play out. Lets hope they’re proven untrue. Otherwise, these new revelations in the security of BlackBerry devices may have a negative impact on their future.