There is a big question roaming in every aware telecom user’s mind these days – what will happen with BlackBerry? Many countries of the world have started working towards banning this service. But why is this?
The answer is BlackBerry is a security threat for countries. Terrorists and other anti social elements are using BlackBerry for message communications and security agencies are helpless to capture those messages.
This is because of a unique feature of messaging in BlackBerry. That is message encryption. BlackBerry became so popular among mobile phone and internet users by its rapid messaging service. BlackBerry messaging and email is the key feature of this phone. For message communication BlackBerry encrypts the message by a semantic key. The key is generated at user end itself. No third party, even BlackBerry itself can identify this key and hence can not monitor the message or email that is being sent.
Since, no one can detect the message during communication via BlackBerry, its an easy tool for destructive elements to communicate. This is the cause of threat for security agencies. Many mobile companies like Nokia monitors the messages.
This controversy has created a problem for Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind BlackBerry.
“This is about the Internet — everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue,” Michael Lazaridis, co-founder and co-CEO of RIM, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
“If they can’t deal with the Internet, they should shut it off. But we are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet. A lot of these people don’t have PhDs, and they don’t have a degree in computer science.”
What to do then ?
Now this is the question for 1.1 million Indian BlackBerry users and many users in other countries. If security is first , BlackBerry is in trouble. But picture is not clear up to now. Global telecom analyst Jeff Kagan made the following observation: “To tell you the truth this is the first time this has occurred so we really don’t know what will happen next.”