BlackBerry CEO: Company is 'pursuing legal action' against unnamed product leaker

BlackBerry is apparently not going to take it anymore when it comes to Internet leaks of its products. Today, company CEO John Chen said that BlackBerry is "pursuing legal action" against an unnamed person who posted information about one of its future product to the public.

In a blog post, Chen didn't go into too many details, but he did state that the person who leaked the info "falsely posed as an employee of one of our carrier partners to obtain access to secured networks." He did admit that BlackBerry's actions to counter these kinds of leaks may result in fewer rumors about the company being posted on tech websites, but added, "rest assured that we’re committed to communicating our biggest updates to you early and often – when they are ready to be shared."

Some people have already speculated that the product mentioned in Chen's blog post is a ROM of the upcoming BlackBerry 10.3 OS that found its way onto the Internet a few days ago. That leak revealed, among other things, an upcoming rival to Apple's Siri in the digital assistant arena.

This announcement from BlackBerry comes a week after the FBI arrested a former Microsoft employee, charging him with leaking code for Windows 8 and other products to a blogger in 2012.

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Why? Just to get BB's name back in the news?
No one would have purchased it anyway and most people won;t take a BB device even if it were given away for free.

neonspark said,
ha ha. well this is like MSFT going after somebody leaking zune information.

or google going after the google buzz leaker.. or apple going after the ping leaker..

Lachlan said,

or google going after the google buzz leaker.. or apple going after the ping leaker..

Eh, the only thing common between Zune and those two is they were all discontinued. Zune died because it was light years ahead of competition, and the common man wasn't ready for such awesomeness. Those of us who did embrace it though, still sing its praises to this day.

AsherGZ said,

Eh, the only thing common between Zune and those two is they were all discontinued. Zune died because it was light years ahead of competition, and the common man wasn't ready for such awesomeness. Those of us who did embrace it though, still sing its praises to this day.

I embraced it and loved it as well.. but to be fair, it was discontinued

AsherGZ said,
Eh, the only thing common between Zune and those two is they were all discontinued. Zune died because it was light years ahead of competition, and the common man wasn't ready for such awesomeness. Those of us who did embrace it though, still sing its praises to this day.

Do I detect a hint of sarcasm?

I have no problem with RIMBerry putting a stop to leaks. However, that means that they have to do more to connect with the community and bloggers. Perhaps providing promotional videos for upcoming features, more interviews, community interaction on Twitter and simply giving people more things to talk about. Take a lesson from Nokia. Nokia teases their upcoming features/devices all the time.

This is what their going to waste their declining money on? They should be happy someone is giving the news sites something to talk about and keep people hoping for something good from them.

vcfan said,
You botched that joke bad.

they found him by snooping through his BBM

there


At least it was the leaker account, not someone else one.
There

Cosmocronos said,

At least it was the leaker account, not someone else one.
There

Yeah because knowingly holding onto stolen goods is definitely not a crime. Nope it's perfectly legal for me to be in possession of stolen goods just as long as I didn't do the stealing :rolleyes:

Besides the fact that the time of vigilantes, at least in the civilized World, is over and police and the judiciary system are the institutions to investigate and ascertain people guiltiness I am wondering who you are referring to. Might it be the guy who contacted a MS rep about it? Hardly a conspirator... unless is a "challenged" subject.

was gonna post the same thing, these rumours get people excited for new products, shooting themselves in the foot when they need all the good publicity they can get.

REM2000 said,
was gonna post the same thing, these rumours get people excited for new products, shooting themselves in the foot when they need all the good publicity they can get.

totally disagree.. I have been excited for products in the past and leaks can make them look so bad.. for example when the screen is not cleaned and covered in finger prints or they have tons of apps running in the background..

leaks could work in their favor if they are controlled from messy people.

at least nokia does it right by having the professional product pictures leaked and not something taken with a blurry cam

perhaps they should take a leaf out of nokia's book and build excitement. At the moment blackberry is written off as a footnote in mobile phone history, they really need to reach out and get people talking about blackberry devices again if they have a chance.

Ok the pictures may be grainey or finger printed, however at the moment the only people that are following these rumours are blackberry fans and some tech enthusiasts who i think will appreciate the pictures not representing the final product.

REM2000 said,
these rumours get people excited for new products

I wouldn't go that far, this is Blackberry we're talking about ;)

Leaks are free advertising that can either help or harm what's being leaked.
In this case... it's probably more good then harm for BB unless there product is a bad.. then it was just another nail in the coffin anyway.