August 9, 2011
British officialdom is poised to blame social media for riots in London and other cities in the country.
Steve Kavanagh, the deputy assistant commissioner οf the Metropolitan police, ѕаіd that “social media and other methods hаνе bееn used tο organize thеѕе levels οf greed аnd criminality” and added thаt people using social media in widespread vandalism would be arrested.
Following the riots in Tottenham on Saturday, the corporate media focused in on the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service the police said was being used to organize the lawlessness. BBM is an instant messenger-style platform that lets BlackBerry users send messages to each other or to groups of people anonymously in real-time. Unlike Twitter, BBM is a closed system not open to the public.
“The choice of BlackBerry and BBM is, in part, a highly practical one: BBM is free and largely anonymous – you don’t need phone credit to use it,” writes Mark Brill for The Future of Mobile and Mobile Marketing. “You can quickly create groups and forward messages anonymously. A trend in BBM is also to use status updates as the conversation itself turning BBM into a kind of Twitter (without the hashtags), speeds up communications further.”
After RIM (Research in Motion), the company behind the popular BlackBerry, said it would cooperate with law enforcement in their effort to track down those responsible for coordinating the attacks, the company’s website was hacked. The following message was posted:
You Will _NOT_ assist the UK Police because if u do innocent members of the public who were at the wrong place at the wrong time and owned a blackberry will get charged for no reason at all, the Police are looking to arrest as many people as possible to save themselves from embarrassment… if you do assist the police by giving them chat logs, gps locations, customer information & access to peoples BlackBerryMessengers 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..
p.s – 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
– TriCk – TeaMp0isoN –
The hacking comes at an opportune time for the government as it hypes cyber terrorism and hammers out a police state and military response to groups and individuals using technology to oppose the state.
It also allows the corporate media to associate hackers with sensational rioting. Over the last few months, the corporate media has centered attention on the shadowy hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec after they hacked the CIA, NATO, governments and corporations following the decision by PayPal to disable Wikileak’s account.