BlackBerry Secure Emails Can Be Decrypted

Hi all,

According to documents from a Netherlands-based national forensics agency, Dutch investigators have the technology to ‘crack’ the PGP-enabled BlackBerry handsets and decrypt secure emails.

It has been reported that Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) is capable of uncovering communications from custom-made BlackBerry handsets sold with strong encryption and enabled via third-party BES servers. These handsets are marketed to security conscious buyers but law enforcement believes that criminals use these too.

NFI press officer Tuscha Essed has mentioned that “We are capable of obtaining encrypted data from BlackBerry PGP devices,”

The Dutch website published this news first with a series of related documents.

Cellbrite is reportedly the forensic technology behind this. It’s an Israeli security firm that sells a range of Universal Forensic Extraction Devices used by law enforcement and cyber investigators across the world.

The report also mentioned that investigators need to be able to access the Blackberry device physically to decode the information.

BlackBerry said in a statement. “We are confident that BlackBerry provides the world’s most secure communications platform to government, military and enterprise customers…However, we can’t comment on this claim as we don’t have any details on the specific device or the way that it was configured, managed or otherwise protected, nor do we have any details on the nature of the communications that are claimed to have been decrypted.”

The Dutch government encourages the use of strong encryption unlike countries like UK with its Draft Investigatory Powers Bill which aims to give police and intelligence agencies more surveillance powers.

'It's not as if we're asking you to fall on your sword. We're asking you to step on your Blackberry.'

‘It’s not as if we’re asking you to fall on your sword. We’re asking you to step on your Blackberry.’

Source: Akati

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