Who Can Bypass Blackberry Passwords?

From time to time the question comes up from law enforcement and other investigators: Can Blackberry passwords be bypassed or cracked? To the best of my knowledge the answer is yes, but only by certain authorized entities. Currently the process takes about a year (backlog) and there is a cost associated with doing so.

Who is authorized? As far as I know in the United States federal level law enforcement and the intelligence services can: CIA, NSA, and the FBI. There may be elements of the the US Department of Defense and the US military, but I don’t have reliable information to tell me exactly which DoD and military departments are allowed. In Canada, the RCMP in Ottawa and NTI are allowed. As far as I know, no local law enforcement in North America has approval. They must go through one of the agencies listed above.

I am sure other national law enforcement agencies and national labs have this capability. I limited my remarks to North America since I think most readers of this blog hail from that part of the world.

I hope this helps!

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