NFI decrypts BlackBerry PGP mails under judicial investigation

Dec

23

2015

The site Crime News is in possession of documents showing that the NFI PGP encrypted email is decrypted. The messages were stored on a BlackBerry phone with special software and were read out. The NFI had physical access to the device.

The documents, which date from 2014, would further prove the NFI was capable of 279 of the 325 found to decrypt messages. This was done using the software UFED4PC, developed by the company Cellebrite. The data could be read from encrypted files that were present in the flash memory of the device.

The length of the password used would not matter, according to the NFI for decryption. However, it is necessary that physical access to the device is, read-out at a distance would not be possible. A spokesman for the NFI late Tweakers know that it was used not the first time the software Cellebrite was in 2014.

It is in the documents did not address the precise method used to decrypt the files, such as a dictionary attack. The spokesman of the NFI wanted against Tweakers not delve further into this question.

A similar study was also conducted by the NFI in the context of a case against a suspect on December 3rd, 2015 for drug offenses has been sentenced by the court Oost-Brabant. The court noted the decryption of messages obtained as legal evidence.

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