Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sneaky Bastard

"Research In Motion Ltd. warned BlackBerry users in the United Arab Emirates that a software upgrade recommended by their wireless carrier was actually surveillance software that could enable unauthorized access to the popular smart phone.

RIM, which makes the BlackBerry, said it didn't authorize the upgrade. "RIM did not develop this software application and RIM was not involved in any way in the testing, promotion or distribution of this software application," the Canadian company said in a statement.

Emirates Telecommunications Co., or Etisalat, didn't respond to requests for comment. The company, which is 60% owned by the U.A.E. government and operates in 18 countries, is the larger of two BlackBerry providers in the U.A.E.
" (WSJ) (h/t Tom)

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