London Riots Lead to Blackberry Website Hacking
“No Blackberry you will NOT assist the police,” wrote one hacker on a Research in Motion blog.
In the wake of ongoing riots in London, Blackberry maker Research in Motion’s website was hacked on Tuesday.
Blackberry’s private inter-user network, BBM, has been found to be the communication vehicle of choice for young British gangs as they loot and ransack the streets of London. Contrary to social media sites Twitter, Facebook and MySpace, BBM messages cannot be traced by police.
Following police officials’ call for the service to be shut down, hackers took to the RIM website expressing their discontent via a Blackberry blog, Fox News reports.
“No Blackberry you will NOT assist the police,” a member of the group TeaMp0sioN, claiming responsibility for the hack, wrote.
Though the post was removed and the blog restored to its original state, an archive of the page reveals threats from the hacker.
“You Will_NOT_ assist the UK Police because if u do innocent members of the public who were at the wrong place at the wrong time and owned a blackberry will get charged for no reason at all, the Police are looking to arrest as many people as possible to save themselves from embarrassment,” a TeaMp0isoN member named Trick wrote.
Claiming to have access to personal RIM employee information, including names, addresses and phone numbers, the hacker promised to pass along their knowledge to the rioters should Blackberry follow through with their promise to aid law enforcement. “Do you really want a bunch of angry youths on your employees’ doorsteps?” they asked.
“We do not condone in innocent people being attacked in these riots nor do we condone in small businesses being looted,” Trick added. “But we are all for the rioters that are engaging in attacks on the police and government.”