spyware on Blackberries

Steven M. Bellovin smb at cs.columbia.edu
Wed Jul 15 17:45:26 EDT 2009


A BlackBerry update that a United Arab Emirates service provider pushed
out to its customers contains U.S.-made spyware that would allow the
company or others to siphon and read their e-mail and text messages,
according to a researcher who examined it.

The update was billed as a “performance enhancement patch” by the
UAE-based phone and internet service provider Etisalat, which issued
the patch for its 100,000 subscribers.


		--Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb

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