Those BlackBerry users had something to rub in everyone else’s face, security!
Every single government had a problem with the fact that BB texting service sent and received all the data in an encrypted format that no one could decipher. Everyone was so happy with the privacy and the amazing ”free” service.
“RIM is unique among handset makers, as it compresses and encrypts data before pushing it to BlackBerry devices via carrier networks. Apple and others rely on the carrier networks to handle all routing and delivery of content.” (Reuters, Wed Oct 12, 2011)
a few weeks ago, something went wrong; BB service blacked out all over the world and not at the same time. Now we could notice it easily because people were starting to talk to each other face-to-face and stopped bumping to each other while walking, and I felt that I started to be anti-social with my Nokia phone and Wi-Fi while no one else was checking their phone. Add to that, we all knew about it, heard and read the nagging everywhere especially in tweets and on Facebook statuses. RIM apologized for the unexpected circumstances and worked on fixing the problem ASAP.
Now you think it was a blessing that came with Steve Jobs’ death, and some luck for Apple, since it was a few days before the release of iOS5 that actually is providing the iMessage feature. So the frustrated BB users were starting to think about actually migrating to the “iWorld” or to an Android.
eless, that wasn’t the case. The blackouts were somehow unusual; they happened in specific geographic areas (the way humans usually divide the world) and in turn. Come to think about it the way it started and ended can’t be the work of a bug or a glitch in the main RIM center. I mean, come on! A company that huge serving the entire globe with its service can’t but have all the preparations to face any problem and back up its network.
So why shouldn’t we wonder what happened?
The truth is that this incident was no “unexpected circumstance”; it was an intended blackout caused by the RIM technicians themselves. You wonder why? Well because this increased privacy was no longer acceptable; the world leaders up there noticed that everyone around the world started using these phones, and some even adding their own encryptions to increase the privacy. So CIA could no longer accept this reality and induced
RIM to give it access to the network.
On a Friday afternoon, “Agent Smith” called RIM CEO “Jim Balsillie” and asked him for an urgent private meeting. The next Saturday morning, they were drinking coffee in his office with his Co-CEO “Mike Lazaridis”. The agent explained that they need to give the organization access to the network but this story cannot spread throughout the company, however, it must be done for security reasons and precautions against terrorist attacks and so on… Giving it a second thought, RIM CEOs confirmed that they understand the situation and asked for a week time to apply the modifications to the network.
After the mee
ting, they called for a meeting with the Chief Information Officer “Robin Bienfait” and asked her to gather the smallest team possible with the highest experience with this network to apply these changes. They decided to do it gradually and by region. When they shut off the first network (Middle Eastern one) they were working on a short deadline. However, the network was overcharged. So it took them time to add capacity to the network and install a transmitter to the main hub. This transmitter would be linked to a reception patch in CIA offices.
The work on the Middle East network took too long so they had to start with Europe, Africa and America at the same time. So they had to increase the members of the team to work on it… And that is how it leaked out, and reached yours truly to share with you.
I confine you this story with the choice to keep using all this social networking nonsense taking over your lives and not for your good or to go back to old fashioned face-to-face chats…
Disclaimer Notice: All the information gathered was added up in a purely imaginative way to create a funny post. The story is not true in any possible way, and does not relate to reality. If any of the names relate to reality, it would be a complete coincidence.