India searching for ways to decrypt Blackberry messages

by Andrew Roach on July 25, 2013

Digital communication is often all about being a private way to communicate with friends and families about all sorts of different topics.

While 99% of digital communication methods used, throughout the world are harmless, there are the odd few that may contain threatening action which governments may try to intercept and read if possible.

The Indian government have been known to do that in the past and authorities in the countries are now looking at ways to decrypt messages – particularly those sent on Blackberry phones.

Blackberry devices are known to have some of the toughest encryption protection software in the mobile industry and Indian officials are keen to find a way to breakthrough the software.

To try and break down the settings set up by the Canadian company, officials have turned to American firm Verint in an attempt to end the problem once and for all.

The New York based firm are known for their intelligence communication systems and have considerable experience in intercepting encoded messages for several national governments.

Indian officials have hardly wasted any time in trying to broker a deal with the two sides with a meeting having already been held in Jerusalem between Verint officials and Indian Communications Minister Kapil Sibal.

It’s not the first time India has been looking for Blackberry decryption keys with the government already having their requests for the information turned down by the Waterloo firm several times before.

The persistence has caused some unease in Canada where Blackberry has maintained that they will not release any information about their security settings.

Furthermore, the Canadian firm has made it clear that India’s need to get the information has made the company uneasy about their future in the country. This was underlined by the firm’s head of government relations David Paterson who told the Financial Chronicle that “The fact is that BlackBerry enterprise communications in India remain secure and encrypted. No change has been made or ever can be made in India or anywhere.”

With India being a leading telecom market in the world and Blackberry being a globally recognised brand, the two sides will need to come to an agreement which will ease the security fears in India but won’t leave Blackberry users at risk from having all of their personal and private information exposed to all sorts of different parties.

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