What's behind the Saudi and UAE move to ban Blackberry?

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What's behind the Saudi and UAE move to ban Blackberry?

ตั้งหัวข้อ  hacksecrets on Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:27 pm



Walk down the street of any major international business centre and the signs of Blackberry’s popularity are everywhere.

Hurried business executives furiously type on its tiny keyboard while others pass by with the device attached to their belt, and its distinctive “bzzz bzzzzz” vibrating sound seem to permanently hover in the air.

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ตั้งหัวข้อ  hacksecrets on Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:28 pm



Few of these users rely on Blackberry for entertainment or think it makes a fashion statement, such as Apple’s hugely popular iPhone. Instead, Blackberry users regard is as a vital utility device elegantly designed to send and receive secure email and other text messages. The combination of its simplicity (it is one of the few gadgets with a real keyboard after all) and the security that comes with encrypted communications underlie the foundation of Blackberry’s popularity. Now it appears, that success may also become the company’s biggest liability.

Open vs closed networks

Two of the Persian Gulf's largest and most technically advanced economies have announced bans on use of the device, citing security concerns. The United Arab Emirates announced on Sunday that, as of October, use of the Blackberry’s data services in the country will no longer be permitted. Its half a million domestic customers in the UAE will have to find other devices to send and receive messages, while visitors to the Emirates will also be blocked from accessing their messaging services.

Saudi Arabia, too, said that from August 6, it will no longer permit use of the device, citing that the company did not meet the Kingdom's regulatory requirements.

The central issue for the Emirates and the Saudis, along with a growing list of other countries, rests in the high level of security encryption that protects the data flowing across Blackberry’s network.

Unlike other email providers like Yahoo! Mail or Microsoft’s Hotmail, Blackberry does not use the open internet to transmit email or text messages from one point to another. Instead, when a Blackberry user sends a message, the data travels over a closed global network operated by the device’s manufacturer, Research in Motion (RIM).

While that closed network is reassuring for users who want their privacy protected, it is also a major source of frustration for governments, such as the UAE, who cannot monitor RIM’s network as they can for other devices.

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ตั้งหัวข้อ  hacksecrets on Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:30 pm

The national security debate

UAE officials contend that the decision to restrict the use of the Blackberry is motivated by the need to protect national security. If the Emirates security services, according to their argument, are unable to monitor encrypted emails and messages sent by terrorists using Blackberries, then that poses a genuine threat to the UAE’s national security.

One example that has been commonly used to highlight this issue was the January 2010 assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai allegedly by Israeli agents. The fact that the killing occurred in Dubai and without detection by the UAE's security services came as a real shock for the government in Abu Dhabi. In fact, the incident so infuriated UAE officials that it is widely credited with prompting the current drive for increased electronic surveillance and security.

Opposition

Not all governments, though, support India and the UAE’s move to tighten information monitoring policies. "The UAE has reasons to be concerned about how information can be used by those who wish to attack the UAE or others. But restricting technologies in the 21st century, we think, is a move in the wrong direction," said United States Department of State spokesman PJ Crowley.

Additionally, international media rights organisations, such as Reporters Without Borders, deplored the UAE’s Blackberry ban asserting that it will limit freedom of expression in the Emirates. There are also growing concerns that the UAE ban on Blackberry could negatively impact the country’s tourism industry, especially among the 100,000 visitors who pass through Dubai’s airport each day.

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ตั้งหัวข้อ  hacksecrets on Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:31 pm

Who’s next?

While many governments are focusing their attention on Blackberry’s encrypted messaging service, it is by no means the only platform that offers secure online communication. Google’s Gmail service now encrypts emails that pass through its servers as well. Although the encryption used on Gmail is not as extensive as that employed by Blackberry, it does highlight the consumer demand that tech companies are responding to for enhanced internet privacy controls. So far there is no indication that the Emirates has any plans to follow China’s lead in directly confronting Google, but it may be that Blackberry is the UAE’s opening shot in this new digital showdown.

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Blackberry Around the World

UAE: Suspension of BBM, web and email from October 11, 2010, according to TRA.

India: Threat of suspension; in talks with RIM.

Pakistan: Temporarily blocked along with Facebook and Twitter after controversial cartoons released.

China: Reports of RIM hosting a server in the country.

Kuwait: Threat of suspension because BBM used to "spread rumours"

Saudi Arabia: Apparently asked RIM for permission to intercept messages

Bahrain: First legal action against BBM users

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ตั้งหัวข้อ  hacksecrets on Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:35 pm

BlackBerry reaches deal with Saudi government to avert ban

Saudi Arabia and the makers of the BlackBerry smartphone have reached a deal on accessing users’ data that will avert a ban on the phone’s messenger service, a Saudi official said Saturday.

The agreement, involving placing a BlackBerry server inside Saudi Arabia, would allow the government to monitor users’ messages and allay official fears the service could be used for criminal purposes, the official said.

The deal could have wide-ranging implications for several other countries, including India and the United Arab Emirates, which have expressed similar concerns over how BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd., handles data.

The Saudi regulatory official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the details of the deal with the media, said tests were now under way to determine how to install a BlackBerry server inside the country.

Canadian International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan confirmed Friday to the Associated Press that Canadian officials were in talks with the Canada-based maker and Saudi officials in a bid to avert the ban. RIM has declined to comment on the talks.

The kingdom is one of a number of countries expressing concern that the device is a security threat because encrypted information sent on the phones is routed through overseas computers _ making it impossible for local governments to monitor.

Critics, however, maintain that Saudi Arabia and other countries are more motivated by the desire to further curb freedom of expression and strengthen already tight controls over the media than by a fear of terrorism.

The United Arab Emirates has announced it will ban BlackBerry e-mail, messaging and Web browsing starting in October, and Indonesia and India are also demanding greater control over the data.

Analysts say RIM’s expansion into fast-growing emerging markets is threatening to set off a wave of regulatory challenges, as its commitment to keep corporate e-mails secure rubs up against the desires of local law enforcement.

RIM says it does offer help to governments, but says its technology does not allow it, or any third party, to read encrypted e-mails sent by corporate BlackBerry users. The consumer version has a lower level of security.

Saudi Arabia’s telecommunications regulator, known as the Communications and Information Technology Commission, announced the imminent ban on Tuesday, saying the BlackBerry service “in its present state does not meet regulatory requirements,” according to the state news agency SPA.
Saudi security officials fear the service could be used by militant groups. The kingdom has been waging a crackdown for years against al-Qaida-linked extremists.

Saudi Arabia also enforces heavy policing of the Internet, blocking sites both for political content and for obscenities.

BlackBerry phones are known to be popular both among businesspeople and youth in the kingdom, where local media estimate there are some 750,000 BlackBerry users, who see the phones’ relatively secure communication features as a way to avoid attention from the authorities.

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ตั้งหัวข้อ  sunny on Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:30 pm

India may decide BlackBerry fate tomorrow

NEW DELHI: India may decide to temporarily shut down BlackBerry Messenger and email services if Research In Motion does not address security concerns in a meeting to be held between the government and operators on Thursday, government officials said.

India's home ministry will press for some deadline to be fixed for RIM to share encryption details when government officials meet telecom operators on Thursday. "The meeting will be held tomorrow to find a solution on this issue," U K Bansal, India's internal security chief said.

India says the Canadian smartphone maker's BlackBerry services could be misused by militants as security agencies cannot access the messages sent through these services. The country's security establishment took a hardline view on RIM's stance that it does not possess a "master key" to intercept data traffic on BlackBerry, insisting it needs access to encrypted messages in a "readable format."

"There definitely could be talk of some deadline and a proposal to take strong action on BlackBerry services during the meeting," a government official, who declined to be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media, said on Wednesday.

Indian officials said they were also verifying reports that RIM has agreed to hand over coveted "codes" to users' phones to try to avert a ban on its Messenger service in Saudi Arabia. Another senior government official said that operators could be asked to shut down Enterprise Email and Messenger services temporarily as a last alternative, if RIM does not agree to offer access to data. "Service can be resumed when they give us the solution," another government official said.

RIM has said BlackBerry security is based on a system where the customers create their own key and the company neither has a master key nor any "back door" to allow RIM or any third party to gain access to crucial corporate data. "As of now there is nothing more to comment on this issue," the RIM India spokesman said on Wednesday, when asked if a breakthrough was in sight.

Officials say RIM has proposed to help India track emails, without sharing encryption details, which security officials say is not enough. RIM does not give country-specific user numbers but India is estimated to have more than a million BlackBerry subscribers with almost all of the leading operators providing these services.

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