It seems the Blackberry security controversy in India will finally come to an end. Department of Telecommunication (DoT), Intelligence Bureau and National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) have claimed to crack the Blackberry encryption codes which helps them to track the data sent from a Blackberry device to a non Blackberry device. The government has successfully tested this on operators like Airtel, Vodafone, BPL Mobile and Reliance barring the newest entrant Tata Indicom.
The previous week was a dry one. We started with Vodafone’s yet another corporate plan which was followed by Airtel’s postpaid scheme again limited to corporates. After all the hoopla government created to stop Blackberry services, they have now issued a statement that the world’s largest push-email service is safe to use. And finally a new service announced by MTNL which allows its customers to enjoy the benefits of TV on their GPRS enabled phones. The first month trial is free.
Weren’t we expecting this? Government has finally given RIM’s Blackberry services a clean chit and they can continue their services in India without any conditions. “There is no threat from BlackBerry services,” Telecoms Secretary Siddhartha Behura told reporters at an industry summit.
Go crackberry addicts. Go.
There’s a cat and mouse game going on between Research in Motion (RIM) and the Indian government. In a recent turnout after seeing the reactions of the public, RIM has withdrawn their statement that they’ll be sharing the encryption key with the government.
The latest news is that they are not going to share it and the reason cited by them is that they don’t have any access to encryption keys used by the customers. It is clear that RIM is trying save their face and is in a soup on which side to support for – customers or the government.
RIM will be meeting the officials today and let’s see what happens. We’ll keep you updated on this.
The week started with a short review of Tata Indicom’s website which has got a worth looking makeover. Next article notified us about another 3G service provider in the form of MTNL. They will be providing services as soon as they are allotted the spectrum.
Security is gaining more and more importance. But it seems RIM is compromising it to continue itself selling BlackBerry services in India and would be sharing the encryption key with the government. Next article highlighted the fact that Orkut has become a hub for users to share the telecom secrets and discuss the loopholes enabling the users to enjoy free GPRS and other services.
Another security loophole: This time it comes from government owned MTNL. MTNL’s website clearly lags behind in this Web 2.0 age but a more depressing fact is that their website included details of their customers. We have notified the authorities and as per their feedback, the situation is in control.
Airtel launched the Dial a Postpaid plan which will help them to gain more postpaid customers by giving them exciting benefits. Airtel announced that they will be selling HTC’s Touch Diamond phone which is reckoned to give iPhone a run for its money. Airtel has the exclusive rights to sell the phone. The last dose of Airtel is that they have launched their services in Lakshadweep islands.
Tata Indicom had launched a prepaid plan known as Go Speak Life giving users the freedom to call at 49 paise. Definite Steal according to us for users clocking more local calls. And lastly comes the Videocon’s announcement of starting their telecom services by mid-August and South India would be the first ones to experience them.
So we were talking about the possible security infringement in the previous post. But here we are with MTNL where they have kept important customer details on their website (of course for their internal purpose) like their name, address and contact numbers for the world to see. Their website is definitely not up to world class standards and a security loophole like this can feed the spammers appetite.
If MTNL guys are reading this, make the desired webpage private as soon as possible before the matter goes out of hand.
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