Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) came out in support of the security of its smartphone after a report from Guardian claims that a British agency made efforts to crack the devices at a Group of 20 meetings in 2009 to watch over the phone calls and email traffic.
Research In Motion Ltd (BBRY) in Defense
Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) tried to defend itself by writing an e-mail where it said that the company is in no doubt regarding its mobile security platform for customers who use the integrated devices and enterprise server technology. The company further said “There is no ‘back door’ pipeline to that platform.” Research In Motion, however, did not release any comment on media reports about the Government surveillance.
Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) is very popular among lawyers, bankers and government workers as the devices are fully secured and it operates a network of servers for its clients. The phone maker wants to gain some traction and gain the market share, which it lost to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co in the recent years.
No comments from David Cameron
David Cameron, Prime Minister of United Kingdom said that the government never gives comments on the security and Intelligence issues, and he will not give any statement. David Cameron told this while he is in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland hosting the Group of Eight, or G-8. He said that, in the past, no government has made any comments on the security matters, and he will do the same.
What the reports claim
The fact came to light when American Edward Snowden showed top secret documents to the Guardian that British agency monitored the phone calls and e-mails. According to the newspaper, the documents belong to the Intelligence wing Government communication Headquarters. As per the document the agency gained success in reading the Blackberry traffic.
One excerpt titled “BlackBerry at G20” reads “Delivered messages to analysts during the G20 in near real-time.”
Snowden is a former U.S. National Security Agency contractor, and he leaked the confidential documents about the government surveillance program. Snowden made these disclosures to Guardian and Washington Post. The President of United States, Barack Obama said that the two surveillance programs were operating.
One program was made to collect phone calls records from the United States citizens and the other program was meant to supervise the Internet activity of foreigners who are related to terrorism.