eWeek Security Watch: Cracking the Blackberry with a $100 Key
The security model of that BlackBerry on your hip isn't holding up very well to third-party scrutiny.
According to a white paper by John O'Connor, a researcher on Symantec's security response team, hackers can pay $100 for an API developer key that can open doors to the theft of data from Research in Motion's BlackBerry devices.
O'Connor's paper was briefly posted -- and quickly yanked -- from a blog entry discussing the future of the BlackBerry device. It is not yet clear why Symantec pulled the paper (the rumor mill says it's being saved for a conference presentation) but a quick peek at the findings suggests there might have been some external pressure involved.
Related: Symantec Weblog: Hacking the BlackBerry