Ever wonder just how secure a BlackBerry is? This is what the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology is going to find out. Research in Motion announced today a company objective to independently test how secure communications with BlackBerry devices are.

In an internal study the German Federal Office for Information Security had found that RIM for secure communication purposes only made the algorithms 3DES and AES available and was hence not suited for use in a security-critical context.

RIM, however insists that it is impossible for e-mail data from RIM servers to be passed on to third parties, because these were not stored on the company’s computers but merely forwarded with their aid.

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