No, The CIA Did Not Hack BlackBerry QNX

In the last few days we have been hearing about Wikileaks massive dump of documents of the CIA’s top cyber secrets. One of the things that caught my eye was a tweet about BlackBerry QNX software being targeted by the CIA. From that moment, everyone thought that the CIA hacked into BlackBerry software. And you probably already saw this article by Bloomberg.

Let me correct everyone. They didn’t.

The CIA targeted the platform and while many others easily fell before the CIA’s hacks, QNX was a much more difficult mission to accomplish.

Marty Beard, published a great post on the Inside BlackBerry blog about QNX. He wrote that at this time “we are not currently aware of any attacks or exploits against BlackBerry products or services, including QNX.”

By tapping into BlackBerry’s security expertise and making use of BlackBerry QNX, automakers can help ensure that a car can’t be hacked and turned into a weapon, as well as keep drivers connected and protected, both on the road and off.

In the post Marty explains the layers of security and how this works.  To be honest I’m feeling quite good because I know that QNX by BlackBerry is the most secure software for cars.

Read the full blog by Marty Beard.

Roy Shpitalnik

lived the life of a BlackBerry since 2009 so I was first exposed to 8900. With Israeli cellular world history, training and knowledge for more on BlackBerry, I decided to join the community. When the Media bash BlackBerry on regular basis i decided to Join BerryIL.COM. The true must be published. Contact me on Twitter : @SimpleBerryRoy

  • Prem_Watsapp

    That’s another win for BlackBerry. All others can go and get pwned!! ;-)

  • BlueTroll

    Just as with other hacking activities, you go after the biggest target. For auto systems, it’s QNX. That doesn’t mean you’re going to take it down though, it just means you’re going after it. They’re not going to target Apple, because for starters they don’t have a working system, just a layer on top of QNX for entertainment (no surprise there). Secondly it wouldn’t be a long process. How long does it take the next generation of iOS to get broken? Measured in minutes, isnt it? If you’re going to dedicate serious resources that means you’re going after a big, tough target.