In a further twist to the Blackberry controversy raging across the Middle East, where demands were made for RIM Blackberry to offer a surveillance backdoor to the encryptions of its customers’ communications in the UAE, Etisalat has been singled out as a possible weak link that can pose a threat to consumers privacy.
Peter Eckersley, a senior staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an online civil liberties group told the New York Times that up to 100,000 handsets were found have spyware installed in them by Etisalat.
Many consumers have worried abut data getting into the wrong hands and it is especially of concern given Blackberry’s user base which are large scale corporate entities.
It is as yet unclear if the said security threat will pose a risk to Etisalat users in other parts of the world like Sri Lanka. Attempts to contact Etisalat’s senior management in Sri Lanka were not fruitful. The local arm of the telco giant has just racked up a serious 3 million users and is posing a serious threat to established market leaders like Dialog and Mobitel.