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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] "A scanner with a digital output" address@hidden:

From: Nick Waterman
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] "A scanner with a digital output" address@hidden: @stake wows the wireless rubes...]
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 08:48:39 +0000
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Tim Pozar wrote:
This quote is scary..
"Internet traffic isn't supposed to be secure," said Jim Balsillie

For what it's worth, the vast majority of Blackberry traffic is triple-des encrypted end-to-end with quite long keys. The traffic they were sniffing is from the far cheaper "BBIE" version which is pretty much just a 2-way plaintext pager with an email gateway, and (like nearly all other 2-way pager traffic) it's not encrypted.

Cool hack, yes, but it's a pity this has been seen by the press as "blackberry hacked!" when in fact it should have been "2-way pagers hacked!" and most corporate blackberry traffic IS encrypted and CANNOT realistically be sniffed on the net, at RIM, or over the air.

OK, so I'm biassed, of course   :-)

Nick Waterman. Senior Systems Administrator, Research In Motion
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