Isn't the plural of "Blackberry" "Blackberries" rather than "Blackberrys"?
BlackBerry users residing in, or visiting, Saudi Arabia should ensure that they can get to their messages another way, as the government is asking operators to block RIM’s email service from Friday. Other countries, notably the neighbouring UAE, have threatened to cut off the BlackBerry's email service, which provides messages …
are taking the mickey!
First they try and push a bodge job of an update onto the phones, which could also open them up to more security threats.
Then they expect RIM to go to them with a deal?
Get on your knees UAE and start kissing that ass because your high horse has bolted and you don't have a leg to stand on!
Those who bought BBs did it because of the security, not because they wanted a shiny toy. If the iPhone were really secure, the UAE would be banning them as well.
In fact, all this sabre-rattling is actually *good* PR for RIM. It means that the berries are actually so secure, those eeeevil snoopin' governments are unable to snoop into your stuff. That says a lot about the Blackberry security model!
RIM purchased a small company about a year ago called Alt-N and seem to be working on giving Alt-N users access to the RIM services - so it's likely that Blackberry users will be able to run there own servers at some point in the near future... and presumably in any country they wish.
"I believe they'll have trouble pulling the trigger to shut down BlackBerry," Reuters was told. "Most governments in the world rely on BlackBerry." A gauntlet thrown unless it was said by a competitor.
The really misleading statement is that RTM has agreements with "over one hundred governments" which has been put numerically at 172.
This is hardly secure communications, IMHO, and only bolsters the case for users implementing their own system independent encryption.
Various news sources are currently quoting various officials including the Indian Special Secretary of Internal Security as wanting full and complete access to RIM servers' encrypted traffic. RIM has replied that they cannot release customers' keys. Looks like you might want to prepare yourself.
RIM'll say no, but being Canadians, probably politely and I'd not be surprized if some visits and calls from the US consulate in Toronto have gone to Waterloo, Ontario. The one thing RIM sells that's their distinguishing feature is security. Their credibility is based upon this.
>> "Most governments in the world rely on BlackBerry."
Why would *any* government "rely on" a proprietary product from a foreign producer? "Use", yes but "rely on"? If so, I expect to see lots of Security Heads rolling...
I once helped to develop an industrial chemical process whose ingredients frightened me (and I'm the chemist). The only thing that freaked the business analysts though was that one component had a single supplier. So the process was never used.
"Push email, long the killer feature for BlackBerrys, is standard smartphone fare these days,"
Fuck no. Push e-mail is a moronic idea. Especially when you have some person who has their e-mail hosted on a third-party source and all of a sudden it stops working and the fault -- surprise, surprise! -- is on RIM. And now you have to go and push RIM to convince them, yes, it is their fault, and to fix the problem. Which is not an easy task.
... But doesnt ActiveSync (used by iPhones and Droids in an enterprise environment) use https (TLS) to send/receive email. Am I missing something that TLS can now be decrypted by these governments? And if so isnt that a bigger issue? (And the BES servers send/receive email via the SSL model, so its also on the same secure layers surely?)
So the only difference is ActiveSync is device->interenet->OWA and BES is device->RIM->BES->Exchange (via matching MAPI.dll version - oh dont get me started on that one!)
Been a while since I delved into the security mechanisms of both systems even though I have to manage them here at work (BES and OWA/ActiveSync/ISA)
Yes exchange activesync is a secure alternative to RIM,, with exchange activesync there are no 3rd parties involved, the connection is secured by a certificate on the exchange server and transmitted by SSL via HTTPS. pretty straight forward, no third parties involved, the carrier cant decrypt the communication.
So we can assume that, at least for the Saudis, RIM is secure given that the House of Saud has got more money to throw at this sort of problem than the NSA.
And also - that the Cousins are not offering to help the Saudis in this since we can assume that the NSA probably don't need to crack the RIM security since they have access to the decrypted stream via an arrangement.
Probably the easiest way to check this would be to email some pictures of the kids bath-time via a Blackberry and wait for a knock on the door in the UK?
Alibaba's cloud business and financial services affiliate Ant Group has expanded further out of China this week, by opening a pair of datacenters in Saudia Arabia and a digital wholesale bank in Singapore.
Alibaba Cloud and Saudi Telecom Company (STC) have opened two cloud services in Riyadh which will serve as a regional hub as part of a joint venture called the Saudi Cloud Computing Company (SCCC). STC confirmed the launch on Tuesday and the joint venture, SCCC, shared scenes from the launch.
Other businesses playing a part in SCCC are eWTP Arabia Capital, the Saudi Company for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI), and the Saudi Information Technology Company (SITE).
Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia are the top three proliferators of state-linked Twitter misinformation campaigns, according to a report released Wednesday by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).
The think tank's International Cyber Policy Centre report and corresponding website examined datasets in Twitter's Information Operations Archive to understand state willingness, capability and intent to drive disinformation campaigns.
While Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia scored first, second and third, respectively, in terms of number of campaigns out of the 17 countries examined, China and Venezuela filled the next two places on the list.
A leaked internal report details how Ericsson paid hundreds of millions of pounds to Islamic State terrorists in Iraq, substantiating earlier reports that the company was paying intermediaries to buy off ISIS on its behalf.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) revealed over the weekend that the leaked report, which reviews the years 2011 to 2019, included names and precise details of how money from the company found its way to terrorists.
Rather than halting operations in Iraq as Islamic State ravaged the country, some personnel within Ericsson instead bribed "politically connected fixers and unvetted subcontractors", the ICIJ said, while the Swedish biz continued building potentially lucrative mobile networks.
Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil producer, is working with French startup Pasqal to find out if quantum computing can give it a boost in the energy sector.
Pasqal, which develops neutral atom-based quantum computers, said on Wednesday it had agreed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Aramco in which the pair would team up on quantum computing capabilities and applications in the oil and gas industry.
As part of the arrangement, the companies plan to develop machine-learning models that can take advantage of Pasqal's quantum systems and identify which areas in Saudi Aramco's business can benefit from them.
Exclusive Britain's tax collection agency asked a contractor to use the SS7 mobile phone signalling protocol that would make available location data of alleged tax defaulters, a High Court lawsuit has revealed.
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs had the potential to use SS7 to silently request that tax debtors' mobile phones give up location data over the past six years, according to papers filed in an obscure court case about a contract dispute.
SMS provider MMGRP Ltd, operators of HMRC's former 60886 text messaging service, filed a suit against the tax agency after losing the contract to send text messages on its behalf. Court documents obtained by The Register show that the secret surveillance capability was baked into otherwise mundane bulk SMS sending carried out by MMGRP Ltd.
Vodafone is to begin retirement of its 3G network next year, saying this will free up frequencies to improve 4G and 5G services.
The move follows proposals by the UK government late last year to see 2G and 3G networks phased out by 2033. Other networks have already confirmed plans to start early, with BT phasing out 3G services for EE, Plusnet and BT Mobile subscribers from 2023.
Vodafone said it will begin retiring its 3G network in 2023 as part of a network modernisation programme.
Analysis Hot on the heels of the UK government enshrining in law the power to strip out Huawei, five European carriers have banded together to ask European policymakers to push the development of open radio access network (OpenRAN).
The operators – Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia (TIM), Telefónica, and Vodafone – published a report, "Building an OpenRAN system for Europe" [PDF], asking the EU to throw money and support at whitebox mobile infrastructure.
This is almost certainly in the hopes the (ideally) cheaper, interoperable kit will help the carriers' own bottom lines, but also to regain some control after several years of uncertainty, maintenance of mix-and-match kit, plus the shock of rip-and-replace mandates after many of them thought they had invested in a relatively cheap and lasting solution in the form of Huawei 5G equipment.
With 5G adoption on the upswing, Samsung provided a detailed glimpse as to what a 6G world would look like.
"We already started 6G research with the commercialization target around 2030," said Sunghyun Choi, corporate senior vice president at Samsung Electronics, during a presentation at the Samsung Developer Conference webcast this week.
6G networks may start going up in 2030, he said, in line with a new network being introduced every 10 years. The first generation network came about in the mid 1980s, and a new generation of communications technology has occurred roughly each decade.
MBB Forum 2021 The "G" in 5G stands for Green, if the hours of keynotes at the Mobile Broadband Forum in Dubai are to be believed.
Run by Huawei, the forum was a mixture of in-person event and talking heads over occasionally grainy video and kicked off with an admission by Ken Hu, rotating chairman of the Shenzhen-based electronics giant, that the adoption of 5G – with its promise of faster speeds, higher bandwidth and lower latency – was still quite low for some applications.
Despite the dream five years ago, that the tech would link up everything, "we have not connected all things," Hu said.
TalkTalk – the Salford-based telco which has more than four million broadband customers – has been ticked off by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) following nine separate complaints about misleading ads.
The initial objections centre on two ads – on TV and via email - that ran early in 2020 which talked about a 24-month broadband offer that was "fixed until 2022" or promised "no mid-contract rises."
The ASA intervened when the complainants reported that the price of their broadband packages was to "increase during the fixed contract period" despite the assurances made in the ad.
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