Yeah I read that too in the G&M and assumed as much. BBM is not known crackable (and it's well known that terrorists do use BBM because of that) but RIM have shown in the past they will agree to government requests to open it up (I think it was Pakistan or Bangledesh that was insisting RIM let them see behind the encryption and they eventually relented). BBM is not crackable, but if RIM as gatekeeper lets someone in then encryption doesn't mean anything anyway. So you're right, could be RIM has already secretly agreed with the Canadian government to open up all BBM records to them. Where I work a few years ago a VP told me as an anecdote that a CSIS agent had visited him in our office and he basically showed the agent the full contents of our client database to fulfil a secret request i.e. fishing expedition for purposes of "national security". At that time I assumed they had a warrant or whatever, but maybe not now that I have a bigger picture what's going with with PRISM and international co-operaton between the 5 Eyes nations. About your thinkpad with that biometric encryption, it's a joke, never has been secure. I'm very familiar with those thinkvantage laptops and it's pretty easy to circumvent simply because it's built upon Windows OS security. Super easy to get around, lots of teenage kids can crack your "military grade" thinkpad.
To Daekwan, you're exasperating me dude
NSA can crack just about anything but as far as I know they don't have the computing power (no does anyone/thing on Earth) to be pro-actively cracking every single encrypted thing on the planet in real time. They would need to target you. PRISM is limited to metadata plus everything they can EASILY get a hold of (i.e. unencrypted stuff and/or where the telco or service provider cooperates with them, bypassing that pesky encryption they'd use). With Kinect etc we are accepting into our homes a "pre-cracked" device that XBOX Live NOC can tap into any second they want, and if MS co-operates with the NSA, which we now know they do without warrants and probable cause, then NSA has just as easy access too. BTW this paranoia began for me with Kinect on 360 (the current gen) before I knew anything of the NSA's activities. Just the fact that the XBL NOC and their 'banhammer' team can tap into your voicecom and of course Kinect video and even your livescreen as you play anytime they want because they are the "police" of the private XBL network was enough for me to keep my Kinect unplugged unless I was using it for a game. Some IT Security twerp in Redmond watching me jerk off or (^ my girlfriend on the couch between games? No thanks. (insert quick finish joke here haha)
in case you've all forgotten.
We don't know what the NSA can do and what the NSA can't do, unless you work there LOL? But I think most logical people would agree it's smart to lock the door to your house versus not lock the door to your house, even though there are people in the world who know how to pick locks or have the authority to smash down your door (but usually with a warrant or probable cause...right???) Plus, where's the evidence this stuff actually catches real criminals/terrorists? I have yet to hear a compelling reason why my personal liberty and right to privacy (a legal right we have here in Canada...just ask Facebook about that as they have had to change their whole privacy mechanisms just to conform to Canadian legislation) should be illegally overridden "for the greater good".