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BlackBerry messages crack mafia case

2012-01-06 18:03

Montreal - Canadian police used the BlackBerry messages of suspects in the assassination of a New York mafia boss to crack the case, a Montreal-based newspaper reported Thursday, citing "several sources".

Five suspects in the killing of mobster Salvatore Montagna, who was gunned down in November and had criminal links in Canada and the United States, were arrested last month.

Incriminating messages sent by one of the suspects, Vittorio Mirarchi, a businessman with alleged ties to the mafia, led to the arrests, the La Presse newspaper said.

Blackberry's purportedly unbeatable encryption capability is coveted by businessmen and politicians for its secure communications.

But various authorities around the world have also demanded access from manufacturer Research In Motion to BlackBerry communications to thwart alleged criminal and terrorist activities and intercept messages for other reasons.

The suspects in the Montagna murder were reportedly surprised to learn that Quebec police had accessed their private communications, the paper said.

Police would not say whether they cracked BlackBerry's encryption or RIM gave them access to its secure servers.

Meanwhile, RIM issued a standard operating statement noting that it defends the legal privacy rights of users in the countries where it operates.

Comments
  • DjCapiche - 2012-01-06 18:25

    BIS needs to give SAPS access too! Social Networking is currently being used for both good and evil *Jean (*15h00)- "Hey Tom, just saw this dude leaving his flat in *Sandton unlocked. Nows our chance" *Tom(15h02)- "Cool heading over now, don't forget the tools! Don't want a repeat of last nights activities" Police would get *Time, *Place and **Accomplices in no time!

      John - 2012-01-06 19:00

      Nice to think you hold the police capabilities so high....

      DjCapiche - 2012-01-06 19:09

      optimist :)

      John - 2012-01-06 19:18

      DiCapiche, kindly send a warning to all the political parties in SA as here the police work for the anc, not the PEOPLE!

      Carla - 2012-01-06 20:09

      Ha ha... eish :)

  • colin.bretagne - 2012-01-06 20:21

    GWAVA have had the ability to capture BlackBerry PIN, BBM, txt and phone call logs for sometime. The tool is there. http://www.gwava.com/products/retain-for-blackberry

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