RIM's BlackBerry blog has been attacked by a hacker moosing about under the name TriCk or TeaMp0isoN.
According to the missive currently defacing the Canadian company's page, the hack is a response to RIM's promise to help London's Metropolitan Police root out rioters who may have been using the BlackBerry's messaging service (BBM) to coordinate their efforts to bring havoc to the streets of the capital.
"Dear Rim," the hacker politely wrote, "You Will _NOT_ assist the UK Police because if u do innocent members of the public who were at the wrong place at the wrong time and owned a blackberry will get charged for no reason at all, the Police are looking to arrest as many people as possible to save themselves from embarrassment… if you do assist the police by giving them chat logs, gps locations, customer information & access to peoples BlackBerry Messengers you will regret it," the missive reads, claiming the hackers have "access to your database which includes your employees information; e.g – Addresses, Names, Phone Numbers etc. – now if u assist the police, we _WILL_ make this information public and pass it onto rioters…. do you really want a bunch of angry youths on your employees doorsteps? Think about it…. and don’t think that the police will protect your employees, the police can’t protect themselves let alone protect others….. if you make the wrong choice your database will be made public, save yourself the embarrassment and make the right choice. don’t be a puppet.."
It seems TeaMp0isoN has come over all 'power to the people' having previously lambasted the likes of LulzSec for its own efforts at giving corporations a pain in the 'arris.
He adds: "P.S – We do not condone in innocent people being attacked in these riots nor do we condone in small businesses being looted, but we are all for the rioters that are engaging in attacks on the police and government…. and before anyone says “the blackberry employees are innocent” no they are not! They are the ones that would be assisting the police"
We've asked RIM if it confirm that the contents of its employee database have been filleted and will update as soon as we hear anything, via BBM or otherwise!