BlackBerry Messenger Plays a Starring Role in a Brazil Corruption Scandal
“Brazilian prosecutors have relied heavily on confessions from company insiders to expose an alleged graft ring at Petróleo Brasileiro.
But there was another crucial ingredient: thousands of instant messages that alleged wrongdoers sent each other via BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM.
Those communications helped local authorities make connections between suspected money launderers and their alleged clients, including Brazilian lawmakers and construction contractors, officials said.
The digital sleuthing has led to criminal charges against more than 100 people as well as the investigation of close to 50 Brazilian politicians as part of a probe dubbed Operation Car Wash. The scandal has rocked Brazil’s political establishment and the oil giant, known as Petrobras.”