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Blackberry May Make A Comeback After It Reaches Deal With NSA

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Blackberry announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement with the NSA to sell the agency and other organizations secret communication tools.

The Canadian-based smartphone manufacturer says it will purvey technological platforms like end-to-end encryption for voice calls and text messages. Encryption is the process of transforming data into complex codes to automatically lock the information and essentially obstruct unauthorized access.

It received the green light from the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP), an initiative of the NSA that aims to enhance the cybersecurity capacity of consumers both within and outside of the government. There seems to be a widespread need for improved IT, a demand Blackberry is trying to capitalize on. (RELATED: Will The GOP Remake Surveillance Laws After Trump Leaks)

“Call tapping is happening at an alarming rate,” Alex Thurber, senior vice president and general manager of Mobility Solutions at Blackberry, said in an official statement, referring to the espionage of people’s phone communications. “In today’s connected world, restricting agency employees to only exchange classified information from the desk phone is no longer a viable option, but it could be the new reality if governments don’t start securing calls and texts from mobile devices.”

The endorsement has allowed Blackberry to put its foot in the door as it’s the “first secure mobile voice product listed” on both the NIAP and NSA’s product list, respectively. Electronics competitors like Apple, Dell, Intel, Samsung and Microsoft are also listed as official vendors on the NIAP’s website.

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