Saudi Arabia shuts down BlackBerry service

Discussions have been heating up in the past week in the Middle East and some other parts of Asia about RIM’s BlackBerry services, with governments demanding to have the power to intercept communications between BlackBerry users and RIM’s servers, which are located in its home country of Canada.

They were threatening to suspend BlackBerry services altogether if that didn’t happen.

And today Saudi Arabia becomes the first country to act on that threat. BlackBerry services in the kingdom are now suspended, according to users.

The Saudi Telecommunications authority had given the country’s top three mobile phone providers the order to shut down BlackBerry messaging services or face fines of 1.3 million dollars.

As far as RIM is concerned, what’s being asked from them here is simply impossible, as the communication between its customers and its servers is encrypted. And RIM doesn’t have access to the on-device decryption keys on its users’ BlackBerry smartphones.

Perhaps someone should volunteer to teach these governments’ members some basic cryptography.

Until then, expect such news to continue to come out of a different country every week.

Via Yahoo News

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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