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BlackBerry phones to the rescue after Sony?s hack
« on: January 02, 2015, 09:00:58 PM »

If there?s one company that has received a bit of good press from the Sony hacking scandal, it?s BlackBerry.

The beleaguered entertainment company dug up old BlackBerrys to use after Sony?s computers and landlines went down and company email was unusable following a cyber-attack that began last month, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

The emergence of the old devices as a haven for Sony executives has served as a free advertisement of sorts and bolstered BlackBerry Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John Chen?s focus on security to win government and business customers.

The fact that Sony had to unearth devices long relegated to storage also highlighted that BlackBerry?s share of the global smartphone market has fallen to less than 1% as iPhones and Android devices have gained ground.

?It?s proven that BlackBerry devices and the server are a lot more secure than any other solutions out there commercially available,? Chen said in a CNBC interview on December 19.

He declined to comment on whether Sony would have been protected against the hackers if it had been using BlackBerry?s services because he didn?t know the specifics of the attacks.

Lisette Kwong, a spokeswoman for BlackBerry, declined to comment on whether BlackBerry is working with Sony to bolster security.