BlackBerry blog site hacked over riot promise
BlackBerry staff threatened by hacker over plans to co-operate with UK police
The official RIM BlackBerry blog has been defaced by hackers protesting the company’s pledge to co-operate with London’s Metropolitan Police to identify rioters who have used BlackBerry Messenger service to co-ordinate rioting.
The Guardian reports that the Inside BlackBerry blog was defaced with a statement from a hacker identifying themselves as ‘TeamPoison’, after RIM had said that it would co-operate with police investigations.
The statement threatened to reveal names, address and other personal information to rioters if the company gave police access to BBM records. The hacker claimed to have access to company’s database.
The statement read: “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.”
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