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Facebook exposed up to 600 million user passwords to its employees

How does this keep happening?

Per a report from Krebs on Security on March 21, Facebook has — yet again — found a way to mishandle its users' data. This time around, it appears that Facebook incorrectly stored user passwords and made them exposed to thousands of employees.

Facebook is probing a series of security failures in which employees built applications that logged unencrypted password data for Facebook users and stored it in plain text on internal company servers. That's according to a senior Facebook employee who is familiar with the investigation and who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

It's estimated that between 200 million and 600 million users had their passwords exposed, dating as far back as to ones created in 2012. During this time, over 20,000 employees at Facebook could search for and find the passwords without a problem.

Facebook says it'll notify users affected by this, but it won't require them to change their password as a result of the findings.

Speaking to Krebs on Security, Facebook Software Engineer, Scott Renfro, said:

We've not found any cases so far in our investigations where someone was looking intentionally for passwords, nor have we found signs of misuse of this data. In this situation what we've found is these passwords were inadvertently logged but that there was no actual risk that's come from this. We want to make sure we're reserving those steps and only force a password change in cases where there's definitely been signs of abuse

Even if none of the passwords were used for malicious purposes, it's incredible that stuff like this keeps happening with Facebook. We've heard the company talk about how it values its users' privacy/security, but when stories like this continue to pop up, those reassurances mean less and less.


BlackBerry KEY2 update ABR886 now available in North America


A fresh update has now started rolling out to BlackBerry KEY2 owners in North America. Labeled as build number ABR886, this release features all the March security updates from Google and comes in weighing nearing 350MB. If you have yet to receive the notification, go ahead and check for updates!

BlackBerry KEY2 and KEY2 LE take home 2019 iF Design Awards

BlackBerry smartphones have always stood out for their design and now two of the latest devices, the BlackBerry KEY2 and BlackBerry KEY2 LE, have been recognized and awarded 2019 iF Design Awards out of 6,375 entries from 52 countries by the 67-member jury.

"We are extremely proud to have our devices designs recognized by such a prestigious organization which highlights just a bit of our product development capabilities within TCL Communication," said Shane Lee, General Manager of Global Product Center at TCL Communication. "Our teams remain committed to offering our customers around the world a genuine BlackBerry smartphone experience that offers an experience quite distinct from the rest of the market today."

Previous BlackBerry smartphones to win the iF Design Award include the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Z10, and the BlackBerry Z3. You can learn more by checking out the KEY2 listing here, and the KEY2 LE listing here. And of course, congrats to TCL on the win!

TCL Communication Wins Two 2019 iF DESIGN AWARDS for the BlackBerry KEY2 and KEY2 LE smartphones

MUNICH – TCL Communication won two iF DESIGN AWARDS for Smartphone Product Design this evening for its BlackBerry KEY2 and BlackBerry KEY2 LE at the iF Design Award Night 2019. The preeminent design prize has been awarded for 66 years by the world's oldest independent design organization, the Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH.

BlackBerry KEY2 and BlackBerry KEY2 LE were among 6,375 entries from 52 countries competing to receive the iF DESIGN AWARD's seal of quality, winning over the 67-member jury of independent experts from around the world for their distinct smartphone design and unique combination of form and functionality. More information about BlackBerry KEY 2 and BlackBerry KEY 2 LE is available on iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE.

"We are extremely proud to have our devices designs recognized by such a prestigious organization which highlights just a bit of our product development capabilities within TCL Communication," said Shane Lee, General Manager of Global Product Center at TCL Communication. "Our teams remain committed to offering our customers around the world a genuine BlackBerry smartphone experience that offers an experience quite distinct from the rest of the market today."

TCL communication announced a RED Edition to KEY2 last month at Mobile World Congress. Featuring the iconic BlackBerry physical keyboard and loaded with BlackBerry Limited's best security and privacy enhancements, this reimagined BlackBerry smartphone variant builds on BlackBerry KEY2's iconic features with an exciting new design for premium precision and performance. This newest addition to TCL's range of BlackBerry-branded smartphones comes in a deep red Series 7 Aluminum frame accented by black textured backing and keys, for one of the most distinctive smartphone aesthetics available today. BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition will be available in select markets across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia starting at £699/$749/€779 and will also include a special-edition set of red BlackBerry-branded earbuds. Starting today, the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition is available for pre-order across Europe on the official BlackBerry Mobile online store.

"We listened to and acted on customers' demands for an exclusive device variant with the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition, which offers a fresh take on our award-winning BlackBerry KEY2 smartphone," said Peter Lee, General Manager of Global Sales & Marketing Center at TCL Communication. "BlackBerry is about security, long battery life and working productivity, the distinct experience of KEY2 RED Edition will continue putting a premium on reliability, productivity and security."


For 66 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognized as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. The iF label is renowned worldwide for outstanding design services, and the iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important design prizes in the world. Submissions are awarded in the following disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication and Service Design/UX, Architecture and Interior Architecture as well as Professional Concept.

About TCL Communication

TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCL Communication) designs, manufactures and markets an expanding portfolio of mobile devices and services worldwide through a comprehensive, multi-brand portfolio that includes TCL, Alcatel and BlackBerry branded products. Additionally, TCL Communication is the brand owner, R&D developer and manufacturing partner of Palm-branded devices. The company's products are sold in more than 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Incorporated in Hong Kong, TCL Communication operates its own manufacturing in China as well as global R&D centers.

Opera Browser for Android now includes built-in VPN

I have not used Opera as my web browser since the early BlackBerry OS days where Opera Mini ruled, but today, they announced some enhancements to their latest Android update that has me taking a look. As part of the version 51 update, Opera has now included a free, no-log, built-in VPN.


Dropbox now limits free users to just three devices

Welp, that stinks.

Dropbox, one of the most popular cloud storage services around, quietly introduced a new rule for people that use its Basic (aka free) plan — you can't have more than three devices connected to your Dropbox account at a single time.

If you've been using Dropbox for a while and have more than three devices linked with your account on the Basic plan, they'll stay connected so long as they were added before March 2019. If you want to add any additional devices, however, Dropbox won't let you.

While you could spend the time unlinking and re-linking devices to get around the rule, Dropbox obviously hopes you'll just cave in and start paying for one of its paid memberships so you can use more than three devices at once and get the other benefits that come with a Plus ($9.99/month) or Professional ($19.99/month) membership.

If you're a Dropbox user, what's your take on this news? It doesn't really impact me since I'm a Google Drive guy myself, but I'd love to hear your thoughts if you're currently a Dropbox Basic member.

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BlackBerry to announce Q4 and Fiscal Year 2019 results on March 29, 2019

With their Cylance acquisition complete, BlackBerry Government Solutions now announced and open, and new NATO agreements in place it's time to find out how BlackBerry earnings are looking. BlackBerry has set Friday, March 29, 2019, as the date they'll announce their Q4 and Fiscal Year 2019 results.


Costco Canada offering cash back, bonus minutes and more with KEY2 purchase!

I have to admit, Costco is not the first place I think of when deciding to pick up a new phone but it turns out they do have some great deals in place if you're a member and right now if you purchase BlackBerry KEY2 from there, be it through Rogers or Bell, you can score some bonuses.

NATO selects BlackBerry's SecuSUITE for Government to secure its calls

BlackBerry's SecuSUITE for Government was built for National Security and today, BlackBerry has announced that the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency have awarded BlackBerry a contract to use the services for encrypted communications.

"Eavesdropping on calls is one of the easiest ways to gain access to private information," said Dr. Christoph Erdmann, SVP of BlackBerry Secusmart, BlackBerry. "We are extremely proud that the NCI Agency, a world leader in the development and use of technology that keeps NATO nations secure, has put its trust in BlackBerry's software to secure their voice communication. No matter the operating system or 'thing' used to communicate, BlackBerry's arsenal of cybersecurity technology ensures our customers' data remains private."

When BlackBerry acquired Secusmart five years ago, they were already established as a leader in high-security voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions, this new contract highlights the ongoing need for such services.

NATO Selects BlackBerry's Encrypted Voice Technology to Secure its Calls

WATERLOO, Ont. – March 12, 2019 – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) announced today that the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has awarded a contract for BlackBerry's SecuSUITE for Government to encrypt the conversations of its technology and cyber leaders wherever they communicate – in the workplace, at home or traveling abroad.

The NCI Agency helps NATO's 29 member-nations communicate securely and work together in smarter ways. It acquires, deploys and defends communication systems for NATO's political decision-makers and command centres, working on the frontlines against cyber-attacks. Due to the classified nature of the information the NCI Agency handles, it is critical that all their communications remain secure, combatting any opportunity for a cybercriminal to electronically eavesdrop on conversations.

"As cybercriminals and state-sponsored actors become increasingly more sophisticated, we needed a highly-secure way for our cyber leaders to have phone conversations with people inside and outside of our organization regardless of where they are in the world," said Kevin Scheid, General Manager of the NCI Agency. "BlackBerry's voice encryption technology helps solve this challenge and strengthens our elite cyber-defence strategy."

"Eavesdropping on calls is one of the easiest ways to gain access to private information," said Dr. Christoph Erdmann, SVP of BlackBerry Secusmart, BlackBerry. "We are extremely proud that the NCI Agency, a world leader in the development and use of technology that keeps NATO nations secure, has put its trust in BlackBerry's software to secure their voice communication. No matter the operating system or 'thing' used to communicate, BlackBerry's arsenal of cybersecurity technology ensures our customers' data remains private."

BlackBerry's SecuSUITE for Government supports Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, and can be installed on-premise, in a data centre, or in the cloud. Use cases for the solution include:

  • Secure conferencing: encrypts conversations between a secure conference bridge and a SecuSUITE for Government-enabled device.
  • Secure landing: encrypts mobile devices to a landline within a network.
  • Break-in: protects any communication between a mobile or landline on the user's home network to a SecuSUITE for Government-enabled mobile device.
  • Break-out: secures mobile devices to the employee's home network and from there to external mobile or landlines through PSTN extension.
  • SecuSUITE for Government has been evaluated and certified to be compliant with the Common Criteria protection profile for VOIP applications and SIP servers. It has also earned a NIAP certification and has been placed on the NSA Commercial Solutions for Classified Program (CSfC) component list of products certified for us on classified systems.

For more information on BlackBerry's SecuSUITE for Government, please visit

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) enables the Enterprise of Things by providing the technology that allows endpoints to trust one another, communicate securely, and maintain privacy. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company was founded in 1984 and operates globally. For more information, visit and follow @BlackBerry.

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Save $100 off the BlackBerry KEY2 LE at Bell, Rogers, and Telus!

The big three in Canada have kicked off their March deals, and right now, folks looking to move into a new BlackBerry KEY2 LE can save $100 off the regular price bringing the total to $0 with select plans.

AT&T releases ABR128 software update for the BlackBerry KEYone

Although it's arriving a bit late, AT&T has now released the February security update to BlackBerry KEYone owners, who purchased their device from AT&T. Labeled as ABR128, the update is a light download, coming in at only 70MB.

BlackBerry celebrates its 35th birthday!

Today is a day of celebration for BlackBerry and BlackBerry fans alike. It was 35 years ago today on March 7, 1984, that Research In Motion was founded, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada with the mission to change how the world communicates.

John Chen talks Cylance, AI, and what's ahead for BlackBerry

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Speaking from the RSA Conference taking place in San Francisco, BlackBerry CEO John Chen today, spoke to Bloomberg's Amanda Lang and Shery Ahn to discuss a wide range of topics ahead of BlackBerry's 35th anniversary.

BlackBerry Hub+ app design refreshes move out of beta!

Since late last year, BlackBerry has been beta testing design refreshes of their BlackBerry Hub+ apps and today, they've gone ahead and made them available to all through the Google Play Store, starting with Hub, Contacts, and Tasks with more such as Calendar and Notes to follow.

BlackBerry Cylance introduces CylancePERSONA endpoint behavioral analytics solution

As part of a significant upgrade to their platform, BlackBerry Cylance has introduced CylancePERSONA user monitoring designed to offer real-time insight into suspicious endpoint users and prevent compromises through the use of biometrics behavior and AI.

BlackBerry Cylance wins five Cybersecurity Excellence Awards

The ink is barely dry on BlackBerry's Cylance deal, but already they're showing why BlackBerry made a move to acquire them as they've been recognized at the 2019 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards in five distinct categories.

BlackBerry files patent infringement suit against Twitter

Following their legal battles with Facebook and Snapchat, BlackBerry has now filed a patent infringement suit against Twitter claiming Twitter's app improperly uses BlackBerry's mobile messaging intellectual property.

Pre-order the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition today and save 10%

As part of Mobile World Congress, BlackBerry Mobile introduced the KEY2 Red Edition to all and opened up pre-orders starting in Europe. If you have yet to pre-order, there has been a code floating around, which can save you 10% off the €779.00 retail pricing.

BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition Hands-On!

BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition

The same phone you know, in a gorgeous new color.

When the BlackBerry KEY2 was initially introduced, you had the choice of black or silver, but now, BlackBerry Mobile has added another splash of color to the mix by introducing the Red Edition. Alongside the deep red Series 7 Aluminum frame, the Red Edition BlackBerry KEY2 retains its black accents while internal storage sits at 128GB with pricing set at $749.