Obama’s Email Hacked!

image via whitehouse.gov

In a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system, presumed Russian hackers made away with some of President Obama’s email correspondence. These same hackers seem to have burrowed their way into the State Department’s unclassified system.

But they didn’t crack Obama’s BlackBerry. And they didn’t crack the servers that the BlackBerry connects to.

However, they did manage to access the email of White House staff who communicate with the Commander in Chief. And this is how they obtained some, but not all of the president’s email.

There’s quite a worrisome story here, but this is not a political or world event blog. This is a blog for BlackBerry fans.

So what can we BlackBerry fans take from this?

Well once again, while systems that should be protected were hacked, a BlackBerry was not. That’s important.

However, information was obtained about a BlackBerry user, because of communication with other platforms.

Now, my personal information is nowhere near as important to the world as the privileged information of the President of the United States. I know my information is not secured in the same method as that of Obama’s. However, my information is not as sought out as Obama’s either.

I have a BlackBerry. Out of the box, not on BES or any MDM server, yet on the most secure platform. I can walk around feeling good that my information is safe. But is it? Not really. Why? Because of my friends, family, and coworkers.

I speak to other BlackBerry users from around the world nearly all day everyday, and of course I’m speaking about the other folks here at UTB. And I feel safe. I know that what I choose to share with them, will stay with them. Unless someone purposely decides to take screenshots and tweet them, the flow between us is safe.

However, I also speak to many other people daily, who choose iPhone or Android. And we know that those platforms are an open sieve. The amount of iPhone hacks and Android malware is obscene, and I would be shocked if those I spoke to didn’t have something hidden away on their phone collecting information. In fact, we know that with a growing number of apps, that strangely enough are not considered malware, information is collected on us. WhatsApp has my number, and surely my name to go along with it, because I have friends on the app, and we know the app has crawled their contacts. It’s how it works. And now, thanks to the purchase of WhatsApp by Facebook, it’s probably connected my number with my old, Facebook account.

This is one reason why BlackBerry users can’t simply be content with owning a BlackBerry. This is one reason why so many of us become BlackBerry evangelists, working to bring our friends and family to our much beloved brand. We like our privacy. We’re entitled to it. And it’s upsetting that our friends who may just be following a fad, are freely giving up our privacy so that they can have a chat with Siri.

This White House hack will surely be a source of conversation for the days to come, and it will be a great opportunity to once again introduce your friends to BlackBerry.


If you’d like to know more about the hack, head over to The New York Times for a nicely written post. 


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  • ray689

    But but but “I have nothing to hide”. Lol the classic response of the masses. One day they will regret that attitude.

    • I HATE that attitude! It’s such a sheep mentality!

      I have responded with, “Ok, well let me put a webcam in your bedroom and bathroom then. You don’t have anything to hide so it shouldn’t matter, right?”

      • Reverend Grim

        I have nothing to hide… LMFAO!
        Pictures of your kids playing, bank details…
        I feel a sermon coming!
        These iDiots can throw everything away if they want, #iChooseBlackBerry

  • Blackjack

    This is what ticks me off about unsecured platforms. My BlackBerry can be as secure as a chastity belt, but it doesn’t matter if I’m communicating with someone on yahoo mail for example. The world isn’t safe until everyone has a BlackBerry!

  • nnik

    Nothing to hide? Everyone has information they choose to keep private!

  • It does suck. My biggest security concern is all the notes I have on my book in remember and the encrypted documents about the same I have stored on my device. So I know they are secure.

    Still, I believe privacy and anonymity is a right that I like to protect. It’s a good point to raise that our friends and family on the other platforms are detracting from our privacy.

  • Tracmila

    And that’s why I want a 12 or 13 inch BlackBerry tablet. Maybe people will get it now.

  • BB Racer !!

    Well this ends those stupid comments from the business media , that the only reason BlackBerry is not hacked is because nobody uses a BlackBerry ! Well heads of states are being hacked by hackers everyday, and that’s why the trust BlackBerry !

  • bambinoitaliano

    My concern is the media will spin the story in such a way that BlackBerry will be included in the hacked story. They will not highlight BlackBerry device being safe from this hack job.

    • skeezo

      Exactly – this is my concern as well. We all know this has been done plenty of times. All you need are one or two stupid journalists or analists.

  • bambinoitaliano

    To many people the privacy in regards to cyber space is still very abstract concept. Some might get it If you compare the situation liken to giving strangers or government authorities free access to riffle through the drawers and storage in their home at anytime.