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Someone is about to get sued by BlackBerry

Leaks are a way of life on the internet with many new products coming to public view [thank you, @evleaks] long before they are officially announced. Technology firms try all they can to eliminate these leaks, but it can be very difficult these days.
BlackBerry is fed up with leaks within its country and plans to take legal action against an unnamed party that leaked confidential information about its products online. According to BlackBerry, this party stole confidential details about a future Blackberry product by posing as an employee of a carrier partner to get access to secure networks at BlackBerry.
BlackBerry says that it understands that sometimes curiosity about its future products is good for the company, but when that curiosity turns criminal it "must take strong action."
BlackBerry CEO John Chen wrote, "This is why I want to make you aware that, right now, we are pursuing legal action against a party who stole confidential information about a future BlackBerry product and made that information public. This person falsely posed as an employee of one of our carrier partners to obtain access to secured networks."
Chen says that his company will always take appropriate action to stop leaks from happening and in some instances that means taking legal action. That action will be taken against people working internally or externally.
Chen wrote, "This may mean you see a few less blog posts with photos and rumors of the next BlackBerry smartphones. I know those can be fun for our fans, but rest assured that we’re committed to communicating our biggest updates to you early and often – when they are ready to be shared."

Source: BlackBerry

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Could be a good device
By Mitch101 on 3/27/2014 11:22:40 AM , Rating: 2
Blackberry might be a good device but does anyone even want to try one outside the corporate space?

Windows Phone has a hard enough time gaining market share through the SmartPhone eco systems of Android and iOS despite it being a great OS. RIM would have significantly less of a chance in doing so. I don't know of any BES admins that even care to support Blackberry devices anymore. In fact I think they keep company people on Blackberry devices so the employees will want to jump to the BYOD program.

Just waiting for Rim to be bought out most likely by a group effort so they cant sue each other over the patent acquisition of a single entity.

RE: Could be a good device
By Flunk on 3/27/2014 11:57:55 AM , Rating: 2
You're a little behind the curve there, most corporations have already dumped Blackberry.

RE: Could be a good device
By DukeN on 3/27/2014 1:37:51 PM , Rating: 1
One of the dumbest things I've ever read.

Did you hear this from your buddy who works in the mailroom for an SMB?

Because tough to explain the thousands of BES instances still running otherwise.

RE: Could be a good device
By retrospooty on 3/27/2014 4:32:36 PM , Rating: 1
"One of the dumbest things I've ever read....Because tough to explain the thousands of BES instances still running otherwise"

Now that is one of the dumbest things I have read... Try to comprehend your world of "thousands" of BES servers means very little in a world with well over a Billion smartphones. The other part is alot of those BES servers are being phased out and are still running with small #'s of people on older blackberries that havent upgraded yet... When they do, it wont be to BB.

RE: Could be a good device
By retrospooty on 3/27/2014 12:03:42 PM , Rating: 2
"I don't know of any BES admins that even care to support Blackberry devices anymore."

Exactly... We just weened out last dozen or so users off the BES and decommissioned it a few months ago. THAT was a great day at work. I powered it off and immediately unplugged it and put the server on the scrap pile. No more ridiculously antiquated mobile model.

RE: Could be a good device
By Lord 666 on 3/27/2014 1:34:38 PM , Rating: 2
Using Exchange Active Sync requires users to re-enter their password every time that change it within Active Directory. The BES model did not. Not sure if that is progress.

RE: Could be a good device
By retrospooty on 3/27/2014 4:34:26 PM , Rating: 2
Uh... Yes, that is progress.

THIS is also progress...

EAS model (Any Android, IOS, WP, even the old Palm OS supports it)
Exchange server > Internet > your phone.
Cost = no additional charge beyond exchange license.

BES model
Exchange server > BES Server onsite > Internet > Blackberry network server > Internet > your phone.
Cost = $20 per user per month beyond exchange license.

- 1 more server to support and a potential failure point.
- 1 more network stop and potential fail point
- Per user Cost
- IT cost to support.

- More secure (but no mobile phone is secure, so its kind of pointless)

if they win in court
By itzmec on 3/27/2014 11:09:04 AM , Rating: 5
finally, a little income

RE: if they win in court
By retrospooty on 3/27/2014 12:00:21 PM , Rating: 2
I find it funny that they would try to protect their product info... Like, we have already seen it all on other platforms 2 years ago... snick snick.

RE: if they win in court
By PaFromFL on 3/28/2014 7:56:30 AM , Rating: 2
The free publicity is good for a company that can no longer afford to advertise. The intent is to convince potential customers that there is a future product so wonderful that leaked information is a big deal. Don't switch to the competition yet, or you'll miss out.

Confidential Product Details?
By Zak on 3/27/2014 12:13:51 PM , Rating: 2
Confidential Product Details? Like what?

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