A particularly interesting article on MobileCrunch.com discusses the concern of the Indian government’s crackdown on use of BlackBerry devices due to their encryption mechanisms, while India DOESN’T seem to be concerned about encryption on Google, Apple products, etc. As the author points out, “…we’ve seen elsewhere in the world lately that people don’t need encryption to topple a government.” Therefore, the Indian government really probably has bigger, more important things to think about.
And what does encryption really do anyway? Good hackers can kill off encryption without even thinking about it. You have to REALLY invest in security to ensure absolutely solid encryption…and someone will still come along to bust it up eventually. In the meantime, that kind of investment isn’t one RIM (Research in Motion), BlackBerry’s manufacturer, is really putting a lot of stock into.
One comment on the article did intrigue me, however…a respondent proclaimed: “Terrorists used Blackberry during 26-11 Mumbai attack; they did not use a Apple/HP laptop with a Cisco router and Google service to communicate with their masters.” Well, to be perfectly frank, DUH!!! Why would anyone pour all of that time and money and energy, not to mention have the terrorists actually enacting the attack on Mumbai carry around laptops, on Apple or HP products and Cisco routers when they can just use BlackBerrys? I’m not saying it’s right, but get real here: a lot of clunky equipment vs an easily-accessible handheld device. Which would YOU use?
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