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January 13, 2016

Netherlands Police Agency Able to Access Information on BlackBerries

Claims of Secure Devices Questioned After Reports

BlackBerry image — It was a packed house at the BlackBerry 10 product launch in January.

A company that’s always prided itself on security may have some explaining to do.

nextgov-mediumBlackBerry has always boasted about its security measures, but Dutch police recently unveiled an ability to easily read encrypted messages on the company’s Smartphones. Details on how the discovery was made or just how easily the messages were accessed have not been revealed.

However, the BBC reports the Netherlands Forensic Institute wasn’t showing its cards in the game but has confirmed messages could be accessed. It is believed, though, actual access to handsets are needed to be able to complete the task.

“We are confident that Blackberry provides the world’s most secure communications platform to government, military and enterprise customers,” a BlackBerry spokeswoman is quoted as saying by the BBC.

“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 details on the nature of the communications that are claimed to have been decrypted.”

The NFI assists law enforcement agencies in forensic evidence retrieval.

“We are capable of obtaining encrypted data from BlackBerry PGP devices,” Tuscha Essed, a press officer from the NFI, told Motherboard in an e-mail.

The discovery is raising concerns — it is believed organized criminal groups could be using the devices.


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W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.

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