Blackberry Ban Lasts Four Hours In Saudi Arabia

Posted: Aug 6 2010, 11:35am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 12 2010, 12:53am CDT, in News | Mobile Phones

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Blackberry messaging service did in fact come to a zero-day halt in Saudi Arabia after months of political pressure and threats to turn it off, but after just four hours of silence, service began working again.
Saudi locals aren't celebrating just yet, though. The country's officials are denying speculation that they reached an agreement with Blackberry manufacturer Research In Motion.

The ban was put into place because Blackberries use a special encrypting software that prevents the government from monitoring them, which is against the law for Saudi mobile carriers.

"If RIM did grant Saudi Arabia access to its security codes, other countries in the region will now expect the same," said BBC reporter Ben Thompson. No one has confirmed why service was restored in the area so quickly.

Of course, millions of people in the country have Blackberry service so any number of unexpected issues could have arisen as a result of pulling the plug, and perhaps it did more harm than good.

RIM was very adamant about not granting anyone access to unencrypted data. The company is serious about its own security and simply cannot risk letting any sort of sensitive information fall into the wrong hands.

For now, the service is back up and running, but that doesn't mean it won't go dark again. Political turmoil is always a tricky thing to deal with.

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