[ISN] Blackberry, WiFi system come under security scanner

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 00:17:56 -0500 (CDT)

The Economic Times
29 July 2008

NEW DELHI: In what may spell trouble for Blackberry and wireless 
fidelity (WiFi) internet service providers, security agencies are likely 
to harden their stance for having a fool-proof mechanism in place at the 

The move comes close on the heels of militants of Indian Mujahideen 
using the wireless fidelity (WiFi) to send an email minutes ahead of 
audacious Ahmedabad attack.

"We are seized of the matter and it would be taken up with appropriate 
authorities soon," a senior Home Ministry official said.

When asked about the Blackberry services which were a point of 
controversy between security agencies and Information and Technology 
department, the official said the ministry has pointed out its hazards 
and it was for them to act.

The official said the security agencies had pointed out that password 
protection should be introduced in every customer using the WiFi 

However, the recent hacking in its proxy server while sending the email 
ahead of the weekend blasts was a glaring violation of the same, sources 
in the union Home Ministry said, adding that the Department of Telecom 
may not have placed in stringent measures.

The security agencies, in the case of Blackberry, have asked Department 
of Telecom to ensure that traffic originating and terminating in India 
should not travel outside the country.

"There should be a single point of delivery system for the entire 
Blackberry traffic in India and the traffic originating and terminating 
in India should not travel outside," they said in a note to DoT.

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