BlackBerry hacked as UK riots rage on
As word of Mark Duggan's controversial death spread over BlackBerry Messenger and various social networking sites, civil unrest ensued with violent riots breaking out in the streets of London and other British cities.
BlackBerry maker RIM, a company revered for keeping user correspondence private, has since taken a proactive stance and decided to help UK authorities.
Interestingly enough, RIM traditionally denies nations easy access to its network for policing purposes, leading many to call BlackBerry Messenger by its unofficial nickname: "the shadow social network."
Although the company refused to give countries like Saudi Arabia and India access for monitoring communications on a day-to-day basis, it does routinely "cooperate with local telecommunications operators, law enforcement and regulatory officials."
"We feel for those impacted by the riots in London," RIM managing director Patrick Spence told The Guardian.
"We have engaged with the authorities to assist in any way we can."
RIM has been under pressure since the riots began, taking flack for BBM, which was linked to lines of communications between rioters.
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."