Pakistan blocks BlackBerry servers because emails ‘could not be tracked or decoded’
Pakistani authorities have revealed in a statement that BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) will no longer be available in the country. Citing security issues over the move, Pakistan’s Ministry Of Interior ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and service providers to block BES routes starting from December 1.
In 2011, a similar incident played out when the PTA demanded authority to ban BlackBerry services in Pakistan as part of its measures to block access to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other websites which allegedly hosted “blasphemous material.”
Explaining the “security reasons” that led to the new ban on BES, PTA spokesman Khurram Mehran explained in a statement that “there was a challenge that the Blackberry email service could not be tracked or decoded”, which leads to the security concerns, he said.
The decision will not affect BIS, the service that renders mobile data to BlackBerry smartphones.
Back in May 2015, Pakistan’s classified security agency, the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), told Supreme Court that it was eavesdropping as many as 6,000 phone lines in the country.
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