spyware on Blackberries

Perry E. Metzger perry at piermont.com
Tue Jul 21 13:36:09 EDT 2009

"Steven M. Bellovin" <smb at cs.columbia.edu> writes:
> http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired27b/~3/CFV8MEwH_rM/
> 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.
> ...

An update: RIM confirms to its customers that the update was spyware
pushed on them by their own carrier.



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