BlackBerry Defends Smartphone Security after Snowden Exposé
By Christopher Acevedo | June 18, 2013 1:34 PM EST
Phone giant BlackBerry defended its smartphones' security, despite the recent expose over the 2009 G20 spy report. The Daily Guardian reported that the close monitoring of Internet traffic and interception of phone calls were ordered by no less than British government officials. In fact, British agents went to the extent of tricking some foreign delegates to use Internet cafes, which, were set up to read their email messages.
These documents were uncovered by American whistleblower Edward Snowden, who presented the evidence to the Guardian.
The documents belong to the intelligence agency, Government Communications Headquarters.
A closer look at the documents shows that the agency was able to read messages transmitted via BlackBerry smarphones.
But BlackBerry remained confident on the security of its smarphones, stating that their gadgets' "superiority" and tough "security platform" ensure the satisfaction and privacy of "customers using our integrated device and enterprise server technology," said the Ontario-based phone-maker via email.
"There is no 'back door' pipeline to that platform," continued the statement.
Nevertheless, the company failed to make any specific remarks in relation to Mr Snowden's expose and the British government's surveillance.
Blackberry is not really in a good shape. The New York Times reports that while the company posted a $94-million profit from its first-quarter earning, the firm, nevertheless, sustained a consolidated $646-million net loss in 2012 However, the Guardian notes that the company still enjoys a huge following from professionals like lawyers, bankers and government officials, because of the tough security of its devices. Likewise, Blackberry runs a network of servers that serves its huge clientele.
Mr Snowden's remarks came as a sharp blow to BlackBerry that its stocks have tumbled down by 1 per cent to $14.30 before the New York Stock Exchange closed.
The explosive revelation of Mr Snowden, a former U.S. National Security contractor, made headlines a few days before the UK hosts another summit, this time, for the G8 nations, whose members also joined the 2009 meetings. It is expected that tensions are most likely to run high among the delegates, so much more that they would like to hear next week British Prime Minister David Cameron explain why the government allowed the espionage and whether or not the incident will happen again.
Furthermore, Mr Snowden's disclosures give light on the actual "job description" of GCHQ and US' National Security Agency. However, the two organisations keep on defending their acts and cry that phone monitoring and Internet surveillance are all necessary for everyone's safety in the fight against crime and terrorism, reports Guardian.
It seems that G20 spying was organised for taking advantage in international conferences. GCHQ docs reveal that South Africa and Turkey are among the top targets of the espionage. The two countries are actually US and UK's long-standing allies.
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that his administration "never comment[s] on security or intelligence issues."
Mr Cameron is currently in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, where the G8 Meeting will take place.
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