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Twitter, blackberry and the Mumbai terrorism attacks

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Smoke is seen rising from The Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai, India after Islamic terrorists from Pakistan attacked several landmarks in the city that killed 107 people over 4 days. – Image credit: Wikipedia / Trakesht

179 people are dead after a three-day terrorists attack on several sites in Mumbai; including a train station, hotels, a Jewish center and restaurants. While the investigation is own going and the India government is placing the blame on Pakistan, more information is surfacing that terrorists were using blackberries to get information and to communicate with other members during the attack.

If the reports are accurate, it won’t look good for the manufacture as well as the Indian government.

Before RIM could enter the market, the blackberry manufacture and the government were in a disagreement about allowing the government to read emails being sent from the device. A 15 day standoff in-summed and RIM allowed the Indian government back door access to devices sold in India.

It will be interesting to see if the government will block certain websites into the country especially since terrorists were using blackberries to monitor news websites. It’s unconfirmed if the terrorists were using Twitter to read messages from people inside the hotels or elsewhere but the India government did ask residents in Mumbai not to use the micro-blogging site to share information and the government was trying to block access to the site, the Inquisitir reported last week.

I have different viewpoints on this situtation. It wouldn’t surprise me if websites are block during an attack, especially since the attackers were using these devices to get information. But also, information needs to be share to keep people safe and alive.