Leaks, Causing Damage? BlackBerry Speaks Out.

So we’ve all enjoyed leaks in the past, but in a way, is this good for BlackBerry? Mr. Chen doesn’t seem to think so. Now this is quite contrary to belief and a lot of popular BlackBerry sites, forums and blogs have always shared this information. Some of the sites have no excuse for divulging this illegally obtained information because they actually do know better, if you believe what they say about all the inside access to information they have. Yet, they sometimes fail to realize that sooner or later, someone will be have to be held responsible for their actions.

Mr. Chen has publicly announced how he feels about leaked information will hopefully change things within the community for the better so here you go guys…it looks like somebody was a baaaaad boy.

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“In my short time leading BlackBerry, I’ve been impressed by this company’s fighting spirit. It’s this resilience that is driving us to transform the company and bring the brand back to its iconic stature. And I know that you – our customers and partners – are all in the fight with us.

One of the most frustrating things for all of us at BlackBerry is when a critical and confidential project is reported in the media before we are ready to discuss it. Leaks are, at their best, distracting, and at their worst downright misleading to our stakeholders. The business implications of a leak are seldom advantageous.

This is why I want to make you aware that, right now, we are pursuing legal action against a party who stole confidential information about a future BlackBerry product and made that information public. This person falsely posed as an employee of one of our carrier partners to obtain access to secured networks.

I recognize that, in some cases, the leaks reflect people’s genuine interest in BlackBerry. There are a lot of people whose enthusiasm for our company and our products makes them want to know what we will do next — and that can be a tremendous asset for us as a brand.

But, when curiosity turns to criminality, we must take strong action.

We will always take appropriate actions to prevent leaks from happening and in some cases this means prosecuting individuals — internally or externally — who leak confidential information.”

This may mean you see a few less blog posts with photos and rumors of the next BlackBerry smartphones. I know those can be fun for our fans, but rest assured that we’re committed to communicating our biggest updates to you early and often – when they are ready to be shared.


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  • I’m wondering if he’s talking about hardware or software or both? Hardware leaks seem more potentially damaging and have little return to BB. They show competitors the direction BB is headed. Software leaks at least benefit BB by giving them real world beta testing and a means to capture critical feedback. I think there’s also a difference or range of potential damage regarding OS leaks. If an OS is totally beta and “raw,” like 10.3, it is also more representative of the direction the company is going with the OS, but if it’s just a maintenance release, this would seem to have a far smaller downside.

    My hunch is they’re more concerned about hardware leaks… could this be true?

    • MePiikan LzBolaz

      James. In this case it has to do with hardware specs that were found buried within the leaked OS and made public. BlackBerry has several models that they’re working on and you said it yourself, it shows the competitors their direction.

      I’ll admit that I have 10.3 loaded since day one on a z10 that I use for testing purposes and BBM group discussions. But…going public with that info was a bad move and perhaps he shouldn’t have provided ALL the technical details. Unfortunately what’s done is done and we can only sit back and wait for a higher 10.3 build while drooling at what’s to come.

      • MePiikan- thanks. I didn’t realize one could infer HW features from an OS, but that makes sense. And I totally get the downside to leaked HW/SW. But- there still seems to be a return on some OS leaks. I feel confident that there is a contingent of BB OS10 users who would have left for other platforms were it not for leaked OSs. I’m wondering: Are there certain leaks that bring BB value? Could BB ‘manage’ the OS leak process? Are we in the user community over emphasizing the value of testing SW on us?