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BlackBerry hacked after offering to aid police in London riots

Jonathan H Fisher/@jhfisher

The official BlackBerry blog appears to have been hacked after Research In Motion, the maker of the popular smartphone line, announced its intentions to cooperate with police and assist in the aftermath of the London riots.


News of the hack quickly spread after a group called TeaMp0isoN posted a message on Twitter calling attention to a security attack. The group boasted that the hack took less than five minutes and placed a statement about the incident onto the compromised website:

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.

This message is no longer visible as the BlackBerry blog appears to be entirely offline at this point. The official UK Twitter account for BlackBerry — which was where RIM initially announced its intentions to cooperate with authorities — has not issued any statements regarding the security breach.

So far, there is no information regarding whether the smartphone maker has actively assisted police in any way. There have been no reports of interruptions in the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service either, despite reports that a member of parliament has requested that the service be shut down to prevent rioters from using it as a means of communication. 

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