Sunday, April 11, 2010

Air Force curbs BlackBerry functions

The Air Force's nearly 50,000 BlackBerrys are not quite so handy anymore. Starting this month, airmen can no longer use the mobile devices to send text messages with photos or videos attached, or download new applications. Bluetooth capability is also being disabled on most BlackBerrys, the Air Force said. The service is making the changes to protect against cyberattacks, according to 24th Air Force, which is responsible for cybersecurity.

"Malicious activity can be carried through attachments, and that's what we are trying to avoid," said Capt. Christine Millette, 24th Air Force spokeswoman. � Tom Spoth, Air Force Times

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