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BlackBerry knows how angry iCloud hacking victims could have saved themselves lots of trouble

Published Sep 3rd, 2014 2:45PM EDT
BlackBerry Vs. Apple iCloud Hack

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Sure, the iPhone might have paved the way for the collapse of BlackBerry’s once-dominant handset business but that doesn’t mean the company won’t occasionally get the opportunity to laugh at its longtime tormentor.

FROM EARLIER: Apple provides key new details on the massive iCloud hack of nude celebrity pics

News of the massive iCloud celebrity nude photos hack has predictably drawn some smiles in Waterloo, as it gives the company yet another opportunity to remind everyone that it offers the best mobile security around. On its Twitter account this week, BlackBerry has promoted several tweets from BlackBerry users who are taunting Apple about its supposed lack of security chops while praising BlackBerry for having the most secure platform around.

“Security is key to business! Not concerned about MY photos!” wrote one excited BlackBerry fan who then showed his true cred by flashing the BlackBerry hashtag signs “#BB4life” and “#teamblackberry.”

“Sounds like Apple needs BlackBerry’s ECC patents,” wrote another fan promoted on BlackBerry’s Twitter account. “Best crypto according to the NSA.”

The company also approvingly posted a fan-made advertisement that showed a picture of a QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry along with the tagline, “When private photos need to remain private.”

Of course, if Apple’s telling of the story is right, the celebrities whose accounts got hacked would have experienced the same problem on BlackBerry since the thieves allegedly figured out how to get access to their passwords and security question answers in a way that didn’t involve breaching iCloud. All the same, BlackBerry diehards can still take comfort in the fact that they can upload their nude selfies using their favorite devices and no one will ever look at them.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.