Blackberry Master Encryption Key Shared With Police


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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police obtained a global encryption key for BlackBerry devices in 2010. The RCMP then set up a server in Ottawa that was able to simulate a mobile device and intercept messages. BlackBerry’s master key was then used to decrypt over 1 million messages sent using the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service.

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The Guardian reports that British Police monitored encrypted emails and text messages for months before arresting a criminal gang that planned to smuggle weapons into the UK. The NCA, working with Kent police, put them under surveillance. Their monitoring included the successful decoding of PGP encryption software used on their multiple BlackBerry phones.

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