I guess this is similar to Skype
Remember when all the agencies were complaining that they needed a backdoor into Skype because it was too tough to crack and then some tool from the Austrian police blurted out that they already had one?
I'd say this BlackBerry story is classic misdirection by the Canadians.
The NSA can eavesdrop on and decode anything they want; yes it's hard and needs to be targeted (due to the resources required) but it's possible. The Canadians need to get a better relationship with their US partners. Decryption is one area where the US is in the lead compared to CIS / China and other "hostile" states.
Obama's use of a Blackberry was to do with the requirement for all record of communications to be kept and made available if required - not security.
This is why the Blackberry is regarded as a Serious, Secure business tool compared to the Cool, Intuitive and Versatile iPhone. Perhaps Apple should run some advertisements for the iPhone similar in nature to the PC versus Mac ones they did... just don't mention security!
Old school encryption & delivery
Its ironic that the most secure way to send a communication in the 21st century is by a hand written letter delivered by the local postal service! why? because they cant afford to allocate enough plod to open all the letters by hand and read them! emails are easy and cheap a machine can do that but letters need expensive people.
If this article is true....
If this article is true.... then why did the French government warn employees about sending sensitive data over blackberries?
And is the blackberry "enterprise server" is hard to crack? How could you possibly know?
If all Blackberry data goes through North America, I would suggest that government eavesdropping, if it doesn't already take place, is just a matter of time.
Haven't you jaded hacks ever heard of ECHELON?
Sometimes I think you guys barely read those press releases before cut-and-pasting them onto our screens..
@ Theory versus practice
Nah, politicians are pretty much the same everywhere. Reasoned arguments take too much work and besides there might be a legitimate counterargument. Better to stick with irrational scaremongering and appeals to baser instincts.
I wonder how much it'll cost the Canadian government if the bill passes and companies move to other alternatives.
"...'Law enforcement needs it, Canadians need it. It's an essential tool for the battle against crime,' she says..."
Oww, so police could snoop on all those backroom deals and trading scams and put the brakes on Government scams too. Oh what's that, it's only meant to target "criminals" not their mates in the boardrooms?? Oops. Idiots, the lot of them. Doesn't matter which country or which party, virtually all politicians are the same: retarded, short-sighted, biggotted and only out for themselves.
Now remind me again why we elected them in the first place?!?!?! *grrrrrrrrrr*
Don't invest in tinfoil heargear yet
The nice thing here is that really these are musings at this point, and the polarization of the Canadian political system means that this may run into some difficulty actually succeeding.
Oh yeah, there's also our pesky Charter of Rights and Freedoms thingy that is ultimately defended by a rather liberal (in comparison) judiciary, and S.1 (for those who know about it) isn't a blanket allowance for Parliamentarians to do whatever they want. It would also pretty much mean that the SCC would have to determine if Privacy matters are part of the Charter, they've hinted at it in the past.
It's a rather silly proposal, that at the moment has an awful lot of barriers in its way. I don't really see this as anything more than spit-balling by an impotent opposition bencher.
We don't have the ever-present CCTV, our DNA banks are fairly limited, and on a pardon, you can even get your info removed if you ask nicely. Surveillance is generally limited, remember, our judges actually have real power here, and having met as many lawyers as I have, I'm convinced most of em are pretty vigorous about defending our social rights too. Not afraid of being intercepted and charged like the Brits.
And No, it's not rose-coloured glasses I'm wearing, before anyone criticizes me.
And odds are, yes the Royal Canadian Mounted Police probably do have keys to M. Jenning's residence. As a security precaution they often have the locks specially installed with their keys so as to be able to get quick access for important people.
Our Telco's suck though, I'll get that out in the open, right up there with Bears and our woods.
The more you tighten your grasp, the more systems will slip through your fingers
It's highly unlikely that the NSA can break random gibberish, which means nested encryption will always get the better of them, you just have to keep layering it on until the paranoia goes away. Even worse, using TrueCrypt style multiple encrypted volumes in the same container and a 'weaker' password/algorithm on the soft data will foil key guessing and brute force attacks. The research from Cambridge which proved that humans can guess words just from the first and last letter just makes life even harder as it breaks the easier statistical analysis of 'plain text' to find the positive match.
The other issue is that in terrorism cases, the information only needs to remain hidden till it's too late to prevent an incident.