Wednesday, July 15, 2009

UAE Etisalat's Trojan BlackBerries

The United Arab Emirates phone operator Etisalat recently sent out a firmware update to its BlackBerry-using customers, after customers reported battery drain when installing the update, one of the security researchers examined the code and discovered a spyware that could forward all emails and text messages to a third party server.

It is not clear yet if Etisalat itself is responsible of that spyware or another entity. The operator is seeing all that traffic anyway if it is not encrypted.

The code has the name of company that sells some lawful interception technologies.

Read the full story here.

The official comment from Etisalat did not mention any kind of spyware, they said it is just a problem in the patch released to enhance the handover from 2G to 3G network.

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