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Du reacts to BlackBerry spyware scandal

Assures customers that it has not deployed any software that jeopardises ‘normal performance’ of the devices

Du assures customers it has not deployed any software that jeopardises ‘normal performance’ of BlackBerry smartphones.
Du assures customers it has not deployed any software that jeopardises ‘normal performance’ of BlackBerry smartphones.

Du has assured its BlackBerry subscribers that it has not deployed any software that risks the usability or ‘normal performance’ of the devices.

The comment puts to an end speculation that the UAE operator might have also deployed software similar to the one Etisalat pushed to its 145,000 BlackBerry subscribers earlier this month that caused severe battery drain problems, and which experts subsequently identified as spyware.

BlackBerry manufacturers RIM distanced itself from the controversy by claiming that it was “not involved in any way in the testing, promotion or distribution of this software application.” RIM went on to confirm and state that the Etisalat update was “not designed to improve performance of your BlackBerry, but rather to send received messages back to a central server.”

Etisalat however still maintains that it was a ‘performance enhancement patch’ designed to aid 2G to 3G handovers.

In an official statement offered to itp.net earlier today, du revealed that it only “applies RIM-approved software to customers’ BlackBerry smartphones and has not deployed any software that may risk usability or normal performance of these smartphones,” adding that its customers “continue to enjoy trouble-free BlackBerry service.”