Nokia Was Held Ransom Over Symbian Signing Keys

Nokia paid millions of euros to a blackmailer to protect an encryption key of the Symbian phones. The extortion took place around the end of the year 2007. The National Bureau of Investigation confirms that the case is still unsolved.

The encryption keys Nokia used to sign Symbian updates were obtained by a hacker. This person could have written a malicious app, signed it with Nokia’s key and every Symbian phone in the world would go “oh yeah, this is legit, I’ll run it”.

Nokia left the money in an amusement park and the blackmailer got away with it, heh – that’d make a mildly interesting B-grade, direct to Netflix movie.

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