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 July 21, 2009  Posted by  Breaches, Govt, Non-U.S., Online, Surveillance

RIM, maker of the BlackBerry mobile phone, has told the Reg that Etisalat is talking tosh and the BlackBerry remains a secure platform, after the United Arab Emirates operator “patched” the device with surveillance software.

The “patch” which Etisalat sent out last week was actually a surveillance application, designed to make copies of received e-mails, despite the operator’s claims that the software was designed to ease 2G to 3G handoffs. RIM has sent The Register a statement making it clear that such an operator-issued application simply could not interact with low-level radio functionality, and that there aren’t any problems on Etisalat’s network that needed fixing anyway.

Read more in The Register.

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