Canadian Police Are In Possession of BlackBerry's Global Decryption Key and Are Secretly Using it to Decrypt BBMs

Canadian Police Are In Possession of BlackBerry's Global Decryption Key and Are Secretly Using it to Decrypt BBMs

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Canadian Police are in possession of BlackBerry's global decryption key and have been secretly using it to decrypt PIN to PIN BBMs, reports VICE.

The revelation comes via court documents that were made public after members of a Montreal crime syndicate pleaded guilty to a 2011 murder. Government lawyers spent nearly two years fighting in a courtroom to keep this out of the public record. It appears that they've had the decryption key since 2010.

In a technical report filed with the Superior Court of Quebec, the RCMP says it obtained "the key that would unlock the doors of all the houses of the people who use the provider's services, and that, without their knowledge."

In just this case, the RCMP intercepted and decrypted roughly one million PIN-to-PIN BlackBerry messages. Crown attorney Robert Rouleau even admitted to the judge that his own phone would be vulnerable to the intrusion used by the RCMP.

"I'm a dead chicken. That's the reality of it, that's what we don't want the general public to know," Rouleau said.

The RCMP refused to reveal how they obtained the key but its authenticity was validated. "It is agreed by all parties that the RCMP would have had the correct global key when it decrypted messages during its investigation," reads a decision from Judge Stober.

The revelation will likely come as a blow to BlackBerry who touts it's security in comparison to rival smartphones. Corporations and governments have the ability to use BlackBerry Messenger with their own decryption keys via BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES); however, that isn't something the average person would be using.

Presumably, the RCMP would be able to use the global decryption key to read almost any BBM including those sent by Americans. It will be interesting to see how this news affects Apple's battle with the FBI over the importance of encryption on its devices.

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Canadian Police Are In Possession of BlackBerry's Global Decryption Key and Are Secretly Using it to Decrypt BBMs
Rich P - April 17, 2016 at 3:01pm
Good for BlackBerry for being a good corporate citizen and not put profits ahead of public safety like Apple!
Stealther - April 16, 2016 at 4:27am
Start sending "we love Canadian government...." Via BBM and "Shit the ....." Via WhatsApp. Lol
Stealther - April 16, 2016 at 4:25am
If hackers hack the encryption code, it's illegal. If governments hacks it?........big bully or what?
gfinale - April 15, 2016 at 11:48pm
If the police have it then I assure you, undesirables have it too. No question. It means nobody or their data is safe with Blackberry.
zed cru - April 15, 2016 at 11:29pm
The RCMP and CSIS are just arms of the Fashionistas that serve political interests and have sold out Canada by the pound to men and women with bad hair. It never stops amazing me how stupid people when it comes to iOS, Linux is the base for all cell phones saying blackberry does not mean it is not Linux or can not be used on Apple Look in the mirror what do you see? You or just your reflection?
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