The only real question is, whose government did this?
Blackberry phones are beloved of businesses worldwide because they allow people on the move to communicate in a secure, private way. By the same token, they’re hated by governments – oppressive regimes especially of course, but also those facing internal security threats. (I’ll leave you to decide into which category the UK falls.) So far, their maker RIM has stood pretty firm on not allowing governments to eavesdrop on their traffic.
So when that service suddenly breaks down, first in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and now in South America, you wonder just who it is showing them that business is all about compromise. As in: compromise, or I’ll kill you.
Oh they say it’s a physical fault in their servers. But they would, wouldn’t they?
- RIM confirms new worldwide BlackBerry outage (techradar.com)
- RIM restores BlackBerry services to see them crash again (mobile-ent.biz)
- BlackBerry issues statement over downed services (zdnet.com)
- Blackberry woes blamed on “core switch failure” (cbsnews.com)