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China moves in to buy NSA-proof Blackberry for its encyyption technology

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China moves in to buy NSA-proof Blackberry for its encyyption technology
BlackBerry's 'NSA-proof' encryption a valuable asset for buyers

BlackBerry's possession of one of the few networks in the world that can't be hacked by the U.S. National Security Agency is a major asset for companies looking to buy the struggling smartphone maker, says one analyst who expects the enterprise IT services portion of the once mighty company will attract big players such as IBM, Cisco and Microsoft.

Peter Misek of the U.S. investment banking firm Jefferies says that despite reports alleging the NSA has been able to bypass the security measures intended to protect data on iPhones, BlackBerrys and Android devices, his company, based on conversations it has had with the NSA, is convinced that the security agency has not successfully cracked BlackBerry's custom cryptography.

"We think it's NSA-proof," Misek told CBC's business program Lang & O'Leary Exchange. "That security is so good, it takes four million years on brute compute force to hack it."

[link to www.cbc.ca]

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