Yes, we can! Maybe all the hootin’ and hollerin’ about Barack’s quandary regarding the status of his BlackBerry actually ended up helping the President keep the addictive device. For personal use only, Mr. Obama’s BlackBerry will still be in commission, though we do hope he opts to upgrade to a Bold or 8900, at least (give us a call Mr. President, we’ll hook you up)! It will make it more worthwhile since he will be forced to use an awkward and clunky-looking Sectera Edge, which has been approved by the NSA for official use, as a business device. As if this news wasn’t the best free advertising anyone can get, the folks at RIM must be bursting with glee. While we’re all familiar with the device that has been like an appendage for Obama, you might be interested in taking a peek at the Sectera Edge, so hit the jump for an image and details!
Late last year, there was a buzz going on after the election regarding President-elect Barack Obama’s BlackBerry. If you haven’t already noticed, the 87xx series device was attached to his hip nearly every second of the campaign. After the election, people began wondering how he’d feel about giving it up. Like George W. Bush before him, email is a service that has to be given up by the Commander In Chief due to security reasons. Can you imagine going four years or more without writing a personal email? Still, security trumps all else, especially for our nation, and the President-elect is being forced to give up his beloved ‘Berry.
“I’m still clinging to my BlackBerry,” Mr. Obama said Wednesday. “They’re going to pry it out of my hands.”
In the event that emails, text messages and phone records need to be subpoenaed for court, privacy and security could be compromised. We also know that persistent and fervent hackers could probably hack into Obama’s BlackBerry if they really tried. It’s not likely Obama will be able to keep his BlackBerry, but he’s going to fight it regardless of the results. We’re torn on this one: We’d like for our new President to be able to keep his favorite gadget, but in this case it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you are at work and you see the private mobile phone records of President-elect Barack Obama, no matter how enticing, you must resist the urge to take a quick peek. Several Verizon Wireless employees succumbed to that temptation and have found themselves in a heap of trouble. According to a press release on Thursday, a number of employees were caught browsing through Obama’s cell phone records. The mobile account was for a flip phone, rumored to be a Razr, that had been inactive for several months. The records that were breached included call times, phone numbers of incoming/outgoing calls, numbers of text messages sent/received, etc. The employees in question reportedly did not have access to the content of any email, text or voice messages. Verizon initially put all employees who had access to Obama’s account on leave while it conducted an investigation. Late on Friday, Verizon announced that the matter was publicly closed, appropriate federal law enforcement agencies had been contacted and the offending employees were fired. An internal investigation is continuing to see if the information was shared only amongst internal employees or if the information was sent to any outside third parties.