Tottenham minister says RIM must suspend service after riots, as the UK faces a potential fourth night of mayhem

MP calls for BlackBerry ban

MP for Tottenham David Lammy has called for RIM’s BlackBerry Messanger service to be suspended, following its use by rioters to coordinate mayhem across the UK.

Tottenham is one of the worst his areas and flashpoint of the now nationwide rioting which threatens to spread to a fourth evening. 

The minister said through his Twitter account:

"Immediate action needed. LDNers cannot have another evening like last night tonight. BBM clearly helping rioters outfox Police. Suspend it.

"This is one of the reasons why unsophisticated criminals are outfoxing an otherwise sophisticated police force,"

"BBM is different as it is encrypted and police can’t access it."

Meanwhile the ‘Inside BlackBerry’ blog has been hacked today by a group going by the name of Teampoison. It posted a warning to the firm not to corporate with the police.

"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 statement said.

"If you do assist the police by giving them chat logs, gps locations, customer information & access to peoples BlackBerryMessengers you will regret it, we 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." 

Read our blog on social media’s role in the riots here.

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