India testing ways to access BlackBerry emails

Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:32am EDT
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By Bappa Majumdar and Devidutta Tripathy

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's security agencies are testing ways to access corporate email on BlackBerry devices by obtaining encrypted data in a readable format, a government source said on Thursday.

Research In Motion faces an August 31 deadline to give Indian authorities the means to track and read BlackBerry Enterprise email and its separate BlackBerry Messenger service.

The government, concerned about the potential for militants to use the secure BlackBerry network to carry out attacks, has vowed to shut the services if RIM fails to comply, cutting it out of one of the world's fastest-growing telecoms market.

An RIM technical team in New Delhi has been working with the department of telecoms and security agencies to find a way out.

RIM uses powerful codes to scramble, or encrypt, email messages as they travel between a BlackBerry device and a computer known as a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) that is designed to secure those emails.


Indian telecom officials said they had been told by RIM the only way an email could be intercepted is when it temporarily stores itself in an Enterprise server in a decrypted form while traveling between two BlackBerry devices.

Indian agencies are now checking if they have the technology to monitor emails when they get briefly stored in an Enterprise server.   Continued...

<p>A man carries empty water containers as he walks past a Blackberry billboard in New Delhi August 12, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi</p>