Canadian federal department warns government workers of BlackBerry insecurity

“The federal department charged with overseeing cyber-security has warned its workers to think twice before sending a BlackBerry message, suggesting that the device believed to be the most secure in the world is more vulnerable than users may believe,” Jordan Press reports for

“The one-page policy memo from Public Safety Canada, updated in mid-January, attempts to dissuade government BlackBerry users from sending a PIN-to-PIN message largely because it could be read by any BlackBerry user, anywhere in the world,” Press reports. “The messages are “the most vulnerable method of communicating on a BlackBerry,” a Public Safety Canada presentation says.”

Press reports, “According to figures obtained by Postmedia News, in a one-year span, the number of government-issued BlackBerrys increased by 14.5 per cent, to almost 90,000 in August 2012 from 78,000 in September 2011. The cost to government to use those devices domestically is more than $2 million per month.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


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