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Two Gulf States to Ban some BlackBerry Functions..

August 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Following on from a failed state-wide “hack” of the Blackberry system, where the state-controlled telco etisalat tried to distribute a “performance enhancing patch” to Blackberry users (which turned out to be a state-controlled back door program), The United Arab Emirates is threatening to block e-mail sending and IM delivery on Blackberries, and Saudi Arabia is threatening to block Blackberry-to-Blackberry IM.

According to BBC News:

Both nations are unhappy that they are unable to monitor such communications via the handsets. This is because the Blackberry handsets automatically send the encrypted data to computer servers outside the two countries.

Read more…

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iPhone 3GS and BlackBerry (In)securities..

July 27, 2009 1 comment

This weeks (potential) major fail goes to Apple for the iPhone 3GS security. As reported by Wired and others, it seems the new 3GS encryption touted by Apple in their “iPhone Security Overview” isn’t so secure after all.

The offical description of the new feature sounds pretty good:

iPhone 3GS offers hardware-based encryption. iPhone 3GS hardware encryption uses
AES 256 bit encoding to protect all data on the device. Encryption is always enabled,
and cannot be disabled by users.

iPhone 3GS offers hardware-based encryption. iPhone 3GS hardware encryption uses AES 256 bit encoding to protect all data on the device. Encryption is always enabled, and cannot be disabled by users.

But this excellent 2nd video demonstration by Jonathan Zdziarski shows plainly that there could be something very flawed about it. Read more…