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UAE Blackberry update was spyware

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posted on Jul, 21 2009 @ 07:38 PM
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UAE Blackberry update was spyware


news.bbc.co.uk

An update for Blackberry users in the United Arab Emirates could allow unauthorised access to private information and e-mails.

The update was prompted by a text from UAE telecoms firm Etisalat, suggesting it would improve performance...

...Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) said...

"...the Etisalat update is not designed to improve performance of your BlackBerry Handheld, but rather to send received messages back to a central server".
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posted on Jul, 21 2009 @ 07:38 PM
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Interestingly the application was developed by a firm in the US that develops 'lawful electronic intercept and surveillance solutions'. But no-one outside a totalitarian state would dream of impinging on the privacy of the populace, would it?

Who knows what's in all those endless updates you receive on your electronic equipment/devices?

George Orwell eat your heart out...



news.bbc.co.uk
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posted on Jul, 21 2009 @ 08:12 PM
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Well that's good to know. I wonder how long it is going to be before the "update" finds its way into Blackberrys over here in America.

Crazy stuff. They aren't even trying to hide it anymore.



posted on Jul, 22 2009 @ 07:08 AM
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That's the way it used to be in the old Soviet Union. The PTB were open about their surveillance of the population - it was used to engender fear & maintain tacit control. It was all for political reasons. But that could never happen in the West...



posted on Jul, 22 2009 @ 07:15 AM
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reminds of that ebook issue with amazon - where users woke up to find a refund and content they had paid for deleted without consent or knowledge/



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