BlackBerry Hacked By Hacking Team – Really N4BB??


Earlier on today our friends over at N4BB reported that the recently hacked themselves Hacking Team (that’s A LOT of hacks) were offering a price of 30,000 Euros for a tool that allowed their customers (who apparently included anyone willing to pay – and they did, handsomely) to hack into a BlackBerry OS device – NOT BB10 by the way.


N4BB gave the spiritually enriching advice that legacy customers on old BlackBerry’s should immediately upgrade to BlackBerry 10. Advice which we agree with wholeheartedly as BlackBerry 10, is, of course, awesome.


This made us reach for our old phones. Skype? Front facing cameras? Were they on BBOS? Well, after a battery pull or two plus a lot of ‘my God, did I really type on this?’ we started to get some answers.

Er… no.

Skype was NEVER available for legacy devices. We know this as in true N4BB fashion we ‘reached out’ to them. And this is what they said:

Skype has not made any announcements about plans to release versions of the Skype app for older BlackBerry OS devices – that includes OS 6 and 7. Skype Lite, upon which we were able to use Skype, was decommissioned in January 2013:

Skype is now available on the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 running the 10.1 OS.

Right now we’re also having a raging debate (between battery pulls) about GMail and Outlook too. Perhaps you could help us there.

Leaving our internal arguments to one side one thing is as clear as it has ever been.

30,000 Euros to hack a BlackBerry?

Great money for something that has, to date, NEVER BEEN DONE.

Please, if you are on a BlackBerry 7 (or below) device, feel free to upgrade to BlackBerry 10. You really won’t regret it. But don’t do it because you think you are at risk from hackers.

You’re not.

If you had an iPhone or Android device though…

I’m afraid all bets would be off!


Bigglybobblyboo is a legend almost nowhere at all. He is a founder member of UTB and spends his spare time taking out his anger at the world with a fishfork and a spatula. He is also a Cribbage Master, having won 1 fight online as the other guy refused to turn up out of fear for his life.

  • Blackjack

    This was the hacking team that got hacked, right? Just to be clear.

    • Yep. The Hacking Team got Hacked. They should have used a BlackBerry.

  • jrohland

    Verizon here in the states offered a voice only version of Skype for BBOS phones. I had it on my Storm 2 but never used it. I very much doubt it would have been a hack portal.

  • BB Racer !!

    Ah another Hack of a story from a bunch of Hacks, hacking a hack story…..boy that’s a lot of Hacks !!!

  • shanerredflag

    Lol…oh…oh…don’t forget our friend from Defcon last year that hacked “Black Phone” in a couple minutes. Remember…he said he would hack BB10 “just for fun” “to prove the faithful wrong”. Justin Case..@jcase nada…nothing in over a year.

    I believe Justin (is that his real name?) to be a stand up guy…so please don’t berate the poor fellow for his failures. Fact is…best hackers in the world can’t Crack the big egg BlackBerry.

  • nnik

    Hmmm…. they’re “reaching” really “reaching” out there somewhere with that one

  • Reverend Grim

    What a bunch of todgers!
    I stand by yesterday’s tweet!

  • Great post Biggly… Some people must be confused due to the use of may different OSes… and very little use of the one they (say) stand for!