Hackers defaced a website belonging to Blackberry maker Research in Motion Tuesday afternoon, after the company said it would aid London police investigating several days of rioting that have already led to one death.
Police investigating the extraordinary escalation of London’s rioting and disorder believe that instant messages sent via Blackberry smartphones played a vital role in coordinating the riots. Patrick Spence, managing director at manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM), said the company had reached out to police to offer its aid, potentially turning over messages from rioters.
Hackers promptly took issue with that plan, defacing a blog run by RIM in retaliation.
“No Blackberry you will NOT assist the police,” wrote one member of the hacker group TeaMp0isoN, which claimed responsibility for the hack.
The Blackberry blog was briefly taken offline and subsequently restored to its original state, but an archive page of the hack reveals an angry message from a TeaMp0isoN hacker who calls himself Trick.
“You Will _NOT_ assist the UK Police because if u do innocent members of the public who were at the wrong place at the wrong time and owned a blackberry will get charged for no reason at all, the Police are looking to arrest as many people as possible to save themselves from embarrassment.”
The hacker claimed to have accessed RIM employee information, including addresses, names, and phone numbers.
“If u assist the police, we _WILL_ make this information public and pass it on to rioters …. do you really want a bunch of angry youths on your employees’ doorsteps?”
A spokesperson for Blackberry was not immediately available to confirm the hack.
The hacker claimed to be responding to a statement Spence had written on the blog about the rioting, in which ne said “we feel for those impacted by the riots in London” and promised to “engage with the authorities to assist in any way we can.”
The company complies with a UK bill called the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, which may force it to cooperate with officials by intercepting and handing over relevant communications on the private, instant messaging service on the Blackberry network. Police have said that free, virtually instantaneous messages between Blackberry owners have fueled and spread the riots since Saturday.
As messages can be passed to hundreds of users in minutes, the technology appeared to have been used to reach disparate groups of youths across the capital.
One youth worker told The (London) Times, “People have been talking on BBM all day deciding where they’d go next. They said Peckham would take the next hit. The stuff in Brixton, people used BBM to organize where to meet.”
The Hackers full statement as it appears on their website:
This hack is a response to this statement by RIM:
“We feel for those impacted by this weekend’s riots in London. We have engaged with the authorities to assist in any way we can. As in all markets around the world Where BlackBerry is available, we cooperate with local telecommunications operators, law enforcement and regulatory officials. Similar to other technology providers in the UK we comply with The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and co-operate fully with the Home Office and UK police forces.”
You Will _NOT_ assist the UK Police because if u do innocent members of the public who were at the wrong place at the wrong time and owned a blackberry will get charged for no reason at all, the Police are looking to arrest as many people as possible to save themselves from embarrassment…. if you do assist the police by giving them chat logs, gps locations, customer information & access to peoples BlackBerryMessengers you will regret it, we have access to your database which includes your employees information; e.g – Addresses, Names, Phone Numbers etc. – now if u assist the police, we _WILL_ make this information public and pass it onto rioters…. do you really want a bunch of angry youths on your employees doorsteps? Think about it…. and don’t think that the police will protect your employees, the police can’t protect themselves let alone protect others….. if you make the wrong choice your database will be made public, save yourself the embarrassment and make the right choice. don’t be a puppet..
p.s – we do not condone in innocent people being attacked in these riots nor do we condone in small businesses being looted, but we are all for the rioters that are engaging in attacks on the police and government…. and before anyone says “the blackberry employees are innocent” no they are not! They are the ones that would be assisting the police
– TriCk – TeaMp0isoN –
– Greets To: iN^SaNe – Hex00010 – MLT – BlackHacker
– Knowledge is Power . . . . .