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Russian firm successfully unlocks encrypted BlackBerry backups

256-bit encryption certainly sounds like it's secure. But depending on how a company implements that encryption, it may not provide quite the level of protection you'd think.

That appears to be the case with BlackBerry backup files, if reports from Russian security firm Elcomsoft turn out to be true. Using systems running an Intel Core i7 CPU, they were able to break the 7-character unlock codes required to decrypt the files created by RIM's BlackBerry Desktop software in about 30 minutes. But wait, it gets better (or worse): with added muscle from a capable GPU, they figure that amount of time could be reduced even further.

The only real good news here is that someone would have get their mitts on your BB Desktop backup file in order to try a brute force attack in the first place. Still, it might be nice if RIM looked into making the files a teesny bit more secure sometime in the very near future.

[via Computerworld UK]

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