It looks like Blackberry has placed its handsets production onto death row and, failing a last minute appeal, could be headed for silicon heaven soon.
Chief Executive John Chen said a decision would be made by September on the future of the unit, which has suffered a sustained drop in sales in recent quarters.
Claims by the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) that it has successfully decrypted emails stored on Blackberry smartphones have caused bafflement at the Canadian firm.
Documents seen by Dutch blog Crime News show the NFI claiming to have decrypted 275 out of 325 emails encrypted with PGP from a handset in their possession. The NFI reportedly used software from Israeli firm Cellebrite to crack the encryption.
In response to a demand for backdoor access to its enterprise messaging products, BlackBerry is completely pulling out of the Pakistan market. The announcement comes as a ban on providing BlackBerry Enterprise Services over mobile networks in Pakistan was due to take effect today.
A battle royale between secure phone vendors has erupted with BlackBerry hitting back at Silent Circle, maker of Blackphone.
In an official blog post on BlackBerry’s website, its chief security officer David Kleidermacher has responded to Silent Circle’s claim that BlackBerry’s security was “very much like it was done in 2007”.
BlackBerry on Thursday showcased a suite of security products that safeguard everything from medical devices to Hollywood movie scripts, though its CEO acknowledged that his effort to transform the company remains a work in progress.
The Waterloo, Ontario-based company, whose smartphone market share has dwindled, is attempting to morph into a more software-focused entity.