This is interesting!
RIM-Blackberry is a Canadian company. Their main business is to provide safe, secure and reliable system for mobile email over mobile phones. Operating in more than a 100 countries having tie ups with most mobile operators in the world.
India (among other countries) see a security threat with the Blackberry system due to its high encryption rate. The Blackberry system uses a AES-Triple-DES-128 bit encryption system, which cannot be broken in real-time.
Blackberry claims that they do not have any trap-doors or back-doors for access to data – which seems doubtful.
But the absence of trap-doors and back-doors is possible, as Blackberry system has not suffered from too many malware attacks or hacking of its servers.
The use of Blackberry system by terrorists is stoking the fears of Government of India (GOI). To get over this threat, the GOI has asked Blackberry to install Blackberry servers in India. This ensures that access to decrypted data on a real-time basis – as the data on the server resides in a decrypted form. Blackberry is resisting this solution.
“We are reaching out to those countries – the UAE, Saudi Arabia, India and others – to understand the security concerns and see if we can work collaboratively to find solutions.
“So that’s a process that is ongoing here at the Department of State. I’ve got no, you know, announcements to make at this point,” State Department spokesman P J Crowley told reporters at his daily news conference.
The United States has also been in touch with RIM, the Canadian company that operates the BlackBerry network worldwide. (via US to hold talks with India on Blackberry issue).
Blackberry is a Canadian company. A purely commercial organisation. Why is the US Government getting involved at all. In fact even the Canadian Government has no role, as far as I can see. GOI is asking Blackberry to follow the law of the land. It is security (for GOI) and a commercial decision (for RIM-Blackberry).
One report tries explaining the US interest
The United States has also been in touch with RIM, the Canadian company that operates the BlackBerry network worldwide.
Earlier … Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: “We are taking time to consult and analyse the full range of interests and issues at stake because we know that there is a legitimate security concern, but there’s also a legitimate right of free use and access. So, I think we will be pursuing both technical and expert discussions as we go forward.”
If some of these countries follow through on the BlackBerry ban that they have announced, it would have an impact on the US government and its diplomats operating in different countries.
A case of severe crackberry
Now would the US Secretary of State be involved if Blackberry usage for some 2000 diplomats was affected? Two things.
One – the Indian Government would be able check on all Blackberry emails that US diplomats are sending via Blackberry. That will mean US diplomats will need to send encrypted mails over internet – which is not such a difficulty.
Two – This reminds me of the Australian-PM’s-speech-copied-by-Canadian-PM’s-speechwriter scandal.
Give me a good story otherwise.
- Hillary Clinton Will Work to Help Resolve UAE BlackBerry Dispute (dailyfinance.com)
- BlackBerry ban in India delayed (cnn.com)
- India gives BlackBerry more time (telegraph.co.uk)
- You: India wants Google, Skype to set up local servers (france24.com)
- BlackBerry Ban In India Postponed (informationweek.com)
Canada has done a good job, in concentrating their problems in one mortgage institution – public sector behemoth, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, (CMHC).
- The REAL Canadian bank bailout (macleans.ca)
- Ottawa caps insured mortgages at 25 years (cbc.ca)
- Canadian Real Estate And Household Debt (seekingalpha.com)
- Dodging housing bubble could cost Canadian economy its dominance (business.financialpost.com)
- Canadian economy won’t reach full potential until late 2013: Bank of Canada (macleans.ca)
The opposition Liberal Party released transcripts and video of a speech delivered by then-Australian Prime Minister John Howard on March 18, 2003, and one given two days later in the Canadian Parliament by Harper, who was then the opposition leader.
Liberal foreign affairs spokesman Bob Rae said nearly half of Harper’s speech was a word-for-word recitation of Howard’s comments supporting the U.S.-led war in Iraq.(Aide to Canadian PM admits plagiarizing speech, resigns – CNN.com).
The Actual Scandal
After all what is the worth of a typical political speech? Little or negligible! It is not copying the speech – it is the similarity in thinking.
To all those who think that the Anglo Saxon Bloc is imaginary, this is the proof!