BlackBerry launches cybersnooping counterattack
With controversy still swirling around government snooping efforts, BlackBerry has announced a deal to acquire German anti-eavesdropping specialist Secusmart.
In addition to its anti-eavesdropping technology, the Dusseldorf-based firm touts high-security voice and data encryption. The company provides its technology to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is at the center of a controversy over an alleged National Security Agency phone tap.
The NSA’s snooping scandal, the spying furor that recently engulfed the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters, and the continued high profile of Edward Snowden have kept the issue of consumer privacy in the spotlight.
Set against this backdrop, the acquisition could be a smart move for BlackBerry, according to experts. More