Is BlackBerry® as secure as RIM says it is? We still think so.

Is BlackBerry® as secure as RIM says it is? We still think so.

Three hackers recently exploited the jewel in the BlackBerry OS6 crown, the WebKit Browser, by getting the browser to go to a ‘maliciously designed’ website. The hackers where able to access contact information and pictures stored on the media card. RIM states that the exploit didn’t compromise any application data such as email, calendar and contacts, due to the sandbox environment that all applications operate in.

This attack was performed during a public contest and, to date, hasn’t been repeated in a non-test environment but RIM has advised users to turn off JavaScript on their devices just in case. At the moment this flaw is only affecting devices running the new OS6 operating system and further information can be found in the security advisory from RIM.

 

What does Arrow think?

We still firmly believe that BlackBerry is the most secure solution for mobile email and the probability of devices being exploited by this bug is very small. In a corporate environment where users are controlled by the BlackBerry Enterprise Server combined with corporate grade firewalls, it would be very difficult indeed to repeat this exploitation.
If you would like further information on BlackBerry and how it can benefit your business please speak to one of Arrow’s BlackBerry specialists on  0330 440 4448.