Dutch Police Claim They Can Crack Emails On Special Encrypted Blackberries

Dutch Police Claim They Can Crack Emails on Special Encrypted Blackberries

Blackberry already trades on the strength of its software's security, so you'd think that a special $US2000 ultra-encrypted Berry would be a guarantee of privacy. According to Dutch police, not so much. In a report on Dutch blog misdaadnieuws.com, since confirmed by Motherboard, the Netherlands Forensic Institute has claimed to break a series of encrypted emails held on Blackberrys modified by Canadian firm Phantom Secure.

The company claims to offer a "high-end communication service designed for sophisticated and exclusive executives", but the reality seems to be a little different. According to leaked documents, the NFI managed to pull 325 emails off a device, and decrypt 279 of them.

The technique only seems to work when authorities have physical access to a device, so it's hardly going to be a solution to the problem of encryption that politicians so love to discuss. But it's a good reminder that nothing — not even a special hyper-secure device — is impervious to the long arm of the Dutch law.


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