Air Force BlackBerry Addicts to Lose Their Bluetooth Functionality
In order to realize this goal, military BlackBerrys will be automatically updated with a software patch. The user is technically able to decline this update, but the device will be shut off until it's updated. It may be a harsh move for BlackBerry addicts, but the crackdown is mostly to make sure that military personnel can send and receive e-mails without worrying about security. "Just as physical security measures at forward and stateside bases are constantly being improved to meet current threats, so also are cyber protection measures taken to protect DoD [Department of Defense] information," said Maj. Gen. Richard Webber, 24th Air Force commander, in an official statement.
It's good to be wary when the government limits access to technology like this. However, we'd rather know military information is secure, even if that means a soldier stationed overseas can't download pics of his buddy at a Dave Matthews concert. [From: Wired]