One of BlackBerry’s longstanding differentiating factors from competitors like Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android has been its top-notch mobile security.
But according to a new report from weekly German magazine Der Spiegel, which cites internal documents from the the U.S. National Security Agency and the Government Communications Headquarters leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA is able to intercept BlackBerry emails.
In fact, the NSA has been able to intercept BlackBerry emails as early as 2009, Der Spiegel notes—but only on the company’s BlackBerry Internet Service, a public and less secure delivery system. However, the NSA can now also intercept BlackBerry’s more secure Enterprise Server, an advanced private network.
On iPhones and Android devices, the NSA is able to collect text messages—including drafts—geolocation data, photos taken, contacts, and call logs, according to the documents. Nokia devices are listed as the easiest to hack, while BlackBerry’s are listed as the most difficult.
BlackBerry says that it “remains confident in the superiority of BlackBerry’s mobile security platform.”