Lebanon sees Blackberry as “Security Risk”

Lebanon will assess security concerns relating to the use of BlackBerry phones in the country, the acting head of the Telecoms Regulatory Authority said on Thursday. This came up after the arrest of several telecoms employees suspected of spying for Israel.

Overall, about 100 people have been arrested on suspicion of spying for the Israeli agency Mossad since April 2009, when the government launched a nationwide crackdown on alleged rings.

TRA would start talks with the BlackBerry’s Canadian maker, Research In Motion, over its concerns.

In a statement, RIM founder and co-chief executive Mike Lazaridis has said that allowing governments to monitor messages would imperil the firm’s ties with customers, including major corporations and law enforcement agencies.

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