UK and US spies have cracked BlackBerry’s BES encryption
By Peter Sayer
09 September 2013
The U.S. National Security Agency is able to read messages sent via a
corporate BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), according to a report by
German news magazine Der Spiegel. The purpose of this spying is economic
or political, and not to counter terrorism, the magazine hints.
The report, published in English on Monday, cites internal documents
leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Governments have long demanded that BlackBerry provide access to encrypted
messages carried by its email and BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) services, to
allow them to monitor for terrorist activity.
BlackBerry has complied in the case of its consumer-grade BlackBerry
Internet Service (BIS), notably providing the Indian government with
access to consumer messages. Indeed, Der Spiegel cited NSA documents
claiming that since 2009, analysts have been able to see and read