RIM website hacked, employees threatened with violence

As rioting in England has spread beyond London to many other cities, the role that social media has played in the situation has increasingly become a focus of discussion and debate across the nation. Twitter has been flooded with anxious citizens trying to find out the latest developments and, in some cases, to disseminate information about where the next attacks may occur. BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) has also been in the spotlight, as it has emerged that the messaging service has been perhaps the most significant tool used by the rioters to organize their movements and evade capture by police.

As you may have read here on Neowin yesterday, RIM has pledged to cooperate fully with British police investigations and is believed to already be actively engaged in sharing decrypted BBM messages to London’s Metropolitan Police service. RIM’s commitment to help the police “in any way we can” has not gone unnoticed by those involved in the rioting, however, with Digital Spy reporting that the company’s website was hacked, and defaced with a message from a group calling itself “TeaMp0isoN”.

The message demanded that RIM cease its cooperation with authorities, suggesting that innocent people may end up being wrongly implicated simply for being “at the wrong place at the wrong time and [who] owned a Blackberry”, adding claims that “the police are looking to arrest as many people as possible to save themselves from embarassment.”

However, the message then went on to threaten RIM employees, claiming that TeaMp0isoN has gained access to the company’s employee database, and would have no qualms about directing rioters to target employees homes:

“If you do assist the police by giving them chat logs, GPS locations, customer information & access to people's BlackBerry Messengers you will regret it, we have access to your database which includes your employees information; e.g - Addresses, Names, Phone Numbers etc. Now if u assist the police, we _WILL_ make this information public and pass it onto rioters…. do you really want a bunch of angry youths on your employees doorsteps?

Think about it…and don't think that the police will protect your employees, the police can't protect themselves let alone protect others…if you make the wrong choice your database will be made public, save yourself the embarrassment and make the right choice. Don't be a puppet.

We do not condone in innocent people being attacked in these riots nor do we condone in small businesses being looted, but we are all for the rioters that are engaging in attacks on the police and government…and before anyone says, ‘The Blackberry employees are innocent' No they are not! They are the ones that would be assisting the police."

The RIM website has since been restored, and the company has acknowledged the incident and confirmed that it is under investigation.

The scenes of public disorder in England have seen extensive violence and looting, with many leading technology stores having their stocks completely cleared out by looters. In one incident, a large Sony distribution center in north London was ransacked and then burnt to the ground.

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Really TeaMp0isoN? Just because RIM offered to help police track down rioters. You are just as bad as they are. TeaMp0isoN, I really hope one day you need the help of the police, and you don't get it. TeaMp0isoN are getting as bad as LulzSuck now.

I see that Brian Miller has run away with his tail between his legs - perhaps he is looking for his balaclava before he goes out shopping for the night

I can think of at least 30 friends who would be more than happy to go stand outside any RIM employees house on guard duty if something like this came to pass. It was nice to see communities pulling together on Tuesday and giving the finger to the little thieves and rats by cleaning up and restoring their areas and watching out for each other.

Are the riots still going on? Maybe it's time to declare martial law and declare open hunting season on these chav thugs. The police obviously aren't able to stop it.

Youths can stop by my door and there will be a glock .45 waiting on the other side. I'll do the job that the UK police couldn't do.

no-sweat said,
Youths can stop by my door and there will be a glock .45 waiting on the other side. I'll do the job that the UK police couldn't do.

It may turn nasty over next few years, I may invest in a crossbow and take shooting lessons at some point in the next few years...its getting harder to defend yourself against bast**d yobs these days

no-sweat said,
Youths can stop by my door and there will be a glock .45 waiting on the other side. I'll do the job that the UK police couldn't do.

wow! hahaha

no-sweat said,
Youths can stop by my door and there will be a glock .45 waiting on the other side. I'll do the job that the UK police couldn't do.

They will just burn your house down like they have done in London.

Every person that is convicted of a violent crime needs collecting up, and flown to the most remote oil rig in the mid Atlantic/Pacific oceans & just left there. bye bye you rotten little sh*ts!

The person whom hacked RIM with such a sick message, should they perhaps have their typing fingers removed....?

WP7 said,
Every person that is convicted of a violent crime needs collecting up, and flown to the most remote oil rig in the mid Atlantic/Pacific oceans & just left there. bye bye you rotten little sh*ts!

The person whom hacked RIM with such a sick message, should they perhaps have their typing fingers removed....?

OOOH Sealand LOL Mad Max will rule

Serves them right. I have no sympathy for RIM, cashing in on the riots, and needlessly betraying their customers.

Remember, RIM was not subpoenaed to provide this data, they chose to provide (illegally) disclose private information about their customers. A MAJOR violation of privacy.

Brian Miller said,
Serves them right. I have no sympathy for RIM, cashing in on the riots, and needlessly betraying their customers.

Remember, RIM was not subpoenaed to provide this data, they chose to provide (illegally) disclose private information about their customers. A MAJOR violation of privacy.

RIM supply police forces nationwide with work phones I believe. I bet if you were one of the affected by this nastiness that you'd think differently you selfish little man

Brian Miller said,
Serves them right. I have no sympathy for RIM, cashing in on the riots, and needlessly betraying their customers.

Remember, RIM was not subpoenaed to provide this data, they chose to provide (illegally) disclose private information about their customers. A MAJOR violation of privacy.

How are RIM cashing in ?
If I owned a service being used to coordinate these attacks I too would cooperate with the police, willingly. These riots aren't about any political issues anymore it's simply people seeing an opportunity to steal, plunder and enrich themselves on behalf of other innocent people.

WP7 said,

RIM supply police forces nationwide with work phones I believe. I bet if you were one of the affected by this nastiness that you'd think differently you selfish little man

Doesn't matter what you think the fact is, it a violation of privacy without a legal subpoena. Learn about English Law before you start abusing me with your pathetic accusations.

Brian Miller said,
Serves them right. I have no sympathy for RIM, cashing in on the riots, and needlessly betraying their customers.

Remember, RIM was not subpoenaed to provide this data, they chose to provide (illegally) disclose private information about their customers. A MAJOR violation of privacy.

It was either handover the data now, or later (when the government forced them to). Either way the police were gonna get that data.

Brian Miller said,

Doesn't matter what you think the fact is, it a violation of privacy without a legal subpoena. Learn about English Law before you start abusing me with your pathetic accusations.

As I understand it, the police have to request the information on a case by case basis, providing the location etc, of who they want to get data on. It was not a pure hand over of data. It is for the specific cases the poilice reuqest.

Brian Miller said,

By having their name appear in the press.

What you on about? The papers were talking up BBMs use by the mobs prior to RIMs co-operation blurb.

Brian Miller said,

By having their name appear in the press.


You sir, are full of yourself.
RIMs name was in the press before they co-operated.

You must be one of the rioters...running scared

Brian Miller said,

Doesn't matter what you think the fact is, it a violation of privacy without a legal subpoena. Learn about English Law before you start abusing me with your pathetic accusations.

And wilfully, spitefully releasing *private* and stolen information on a company's employees in order to incite a vindictive response to *whoever* feels like it is a justified (and legal) response?

The irony of these so-called 'hacktivists' is that they see something they disagree with and then threaten to respond by behaving in precisely the manner (or worse) that they find intolerable in others.

In doing so they show they have no genuine principles and, as such, their preaching is worthless. All they have are threats and the support of the immature, idealist and narrow-minded.

Edited by Koffdrop, Aug 10 2011, 10:59pm :

Brian Miller said,
Serves them right. I have no sympathy for RIM, cashing in on the riots, and needlessly betraying their customers.

Remember, RIM was not subpoenaed to provide this data, they chose to provide (illegally) disclose private information about their customers. A MAJOR violation of privacy.

They don't need a WARRANT, RIM stated they would help the UK police anyway. You obviously don't live in the UK as our PM has stated that the police have the backing of the courts and the government to do whatever they need to do to bring the people in question to justice.

As LLTC said, you must be one of the rioters if you're saying things like this.

You really want to see RIM employees getting seriously injured or even killed then, that's just sick and puts you in the same category as the rioters.

SharpGreen said,

It was either handover the data now, or later (when the government forced them to). Either way the police were gonna get that data.


SharpGreen said,

It was either handover the data now, or later (when the government forced them to). Either way the police were gonna get that data.


SharpGreen said,

It was either handover the data now, or later (when the government forced them to). Either way the police were gonna get that data.


Brian Miller said,

Doesn't matter what you think the fact is, it a violation of privacy without a legal subpoena. Learn about English Law before you start abusing me with your pathetic accusations.


\umm really dude? Destruction of businesses, iniciting riots, death, causing civil unreset, inciting looting, where shall \i stop... the stupid asses started a rightfull protest and then caused mayhem... maybe some one needs to learn about \law in general... these actions are illegal just about everywhere.... the cause of the riots are still under investigation and they will be dealt with .. But destroying innocent people harm,,, loose of business when your rebelling against the MAN is not gonna get you support anyway anyhow anywhere... when Joe Blow looses his livelyhood cause his shop was destroyed and could not afford insurance ... who is gonna suffer??? Are you afraid your busted or what man

See, by creating this action they are saying "we're guilty". If you are innocent, the logs will show it surely? Then you are eliminated from the problem.

Like RIM is going to stop cooperating!

The people who (obviously aren't well educated to spell it like that) are "Team Poison" are digging themselves into a bigger hole. Don't they realise [u]WHEN[/u] they are named and shamed, people won't want to know them or serve them in their shops anymore. I'm sorry, but I enjoy being liked and wanted. Having 90% of the country you live in not liking you isn't a good thing. Look what happened to Saddam

These riots are getting more crazy by the day. I can remember when a headline about someone being shot would've been back page news, and now we have riots about it. People just can't take it anymore.

norseman said,
I hate that this is happening. Is there really no control?

What the 'F' is up with the youth of today?

Rioters was mostly youth. Anonymous and other hacking groups not so much so. True there are some clever kids who share Anonymous views and everyone is entitled to a view. But more importantly one doxer claimed a guy who helped anon movement was an ex army soldier who was fairly high ranked. Now tell me. Does this seem like the work of nefarious youths? http://www.thezeitgeistmovementuk.com/

norseman said,
I hate that this is happening. Is there really no control?

What the 'F' is up with the youth of today?

Congratulations buddy, you learned how to use generalisations today.

littleneutrino said,
wow, that is just nonsense

That's for sure. These children are too stupid to even use correct grammar in their little threat, so I'm shocked they have the faculty to infiltrate a web server.

It is the internet, not a formal letter to the local member of parliament. The idea of correct grammar online is about as absurd as a politician that doesn't lie.