BlackBerry blog hacked in response to cooperation with Police over London riots

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Screenshot taken by Terence Huynh/techgeek.com.au

News has just filtered through that the BlackBerry blog has been hacked after RIM announced that it will cooperate with the police to bring those who participated in the London riots to justice after reports that they used its BlackBerry Messaging service to communicate with each other.

Yesterday, RIM released this statement in relation to the attack:

We feel for those impacted by this weekend’s riots in London. We have engaged with the authorities to assist in any way we can. As in all markets around the world Where BlackBerry is available, we cooperate with local telecommunications operators, law enforcement and regulatory officials. Similar to other technology providers in the UK we comply with The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and co-operate fully with the Home Office and UK police forces.

Hacking group TeaMp0isoN is taking credit to the hack, posting their response to the statement from RIM:

Dear Rim;

You Will _NOT_ assist the UK Police because if u do innocent members of the public who were at the wrong place at the wrong time and owned a blackberry will get charged for no reason at all, the Police are looking to arrest as many people as possible to save themselves from embarrassment…. if you do assist the police by giving them chat logs, gps locations, customer information & access to peoples BlackBerryMessengers you will regret it, we have access to your database which includes your employees information; e.g – Addresses, Names, Phone Numbers etc. – now if u assist the police, we _WILL_ make this information public and pass it onto rioters…. do you really want a bunch of angry youths on your employees doorsteps? Think about it…. and don’t think that the police will protect your employees, the police can’t protect themselves let alone protect others….. if you make the wrong choice your database will be made public, save yourself the embarrassment and make the right choice. don’t be a puppet..

p.s – we do not condone in innocent people being attacked in these riots nor do we condone in small businesses being looted, but we are all for the rioters that are engaging in attacks on the police and government…. and before anyone says “the blackberry employees are innocent” no they are not! They are the ones that would be assisting the police

The threat of potential abuse and harm from rioters over assisting the police over their inquires? Well, despite whatever you say about the police and the brutality (and what I have read, I can understand why they had rioted), the fact that endangering lives is very unethical – despite the “No, the employees are not innocent” line.