BlackBerry to Sell Protected Messaging Tools to the U.S. Federal Government

BlackBerry to sell protected messaging tools to the U.S. Federal Government

Blackberry- a popular handset producing brand won the authority to sell its useful tools for encoding text messages and phone calls to the federal government of the U.S. on Thursday, July 20, 2017. It gathered an authorization from the National Security Agency-NSA for the tools. The company disclosed that it gained the confirmation form the National Information Assurance Partnership for NSA. This examines various commercial technological products to check if they successfully meet improved security standards specifically for government use.

National Information Assurance Partnership also endorsed some tools from leading BlackBerry competitors that performed better than BlackBerry in offering high tech consumer smartphones. BlackBerry’s rivals also include Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc.

The anxiety that observers listen and gather government communications has been rising lately. This happened because an encrypted telephonic conversation between the U.S ambassador and a senior officer of the U.S state department was leaked and intercepted over the web in the year 2014.  The new and advanced tools are specifically based on technology offered by Secusmart, which was acquired by BlackBerry in 2014. This happened after startup from Germany gained a pact to lock Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone as the former intelligence contractor of the United States claimed that the mobile phone and its conversation was tapped by the National Security Agency.

A prosecutor from Germany dropped a query in 2015 claiming that Angela Merkel’s mobile phone was bugged. He also mentioned that they did not find sufficient evidences that aid in continuing the probe. BlackBerry quoted that its encrypted text and voice messaging products are utilized by many government agencies in more than 20 countries of Southeast Africa, Latin America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Germany stands as the biggest government customer of BlackBerry.

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