Indian government wants PIN details of every BlackBerry smartphone in the world: Report

The Indian government has BlackBerry on its cross-hair again as security concerns about the ability to snoop in on data transmitted via BlackBerry’s network come to fore yet again. According to the Economic Times, a government panel has asked BlackBerry to provide information of unique PIN details of all the Blackberry devices working not just in India but across the world. At the moment, according to the report, security agencies cannot intercept messages shared between Indian users and those living abroad. In other words, the government is asking BlackBerry to share PIN details of every BlackBerry handset sold in the world.

Every BlackBerry smartphone has a unique PIN allocated to it that cannot be changed or transferred. The PIN is crucial to access information exchanged from any device and BlackBerry had provided PIN details of handsets sold in India but security agencies cannot intercept messages shared with those living abroad without having their PIN details.

Earlier, India had threatened to ban BlackBerry services if the smartphone vendor did not provide it access to data transmitted by users over its secure network by March 31, 2011. BlackBerry has always maintained it does not have a “key” to decrypt messages sent over its network but finally bowed to government demands by setting up a monitoring server in Mumbai.

However, after testing the interception solution put into place, the government has found that the decrypted web browsing data is not in a readable format and BlackBerry has agreed to offer a solution by April 31. BlackBerry has, according to the report, provided an intermediate solution to provide email attachments in readable format.

BlackBerry India has not issued any statement at the time of publishing this story.


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