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The RIM BlackBerry is a personal wireless handheld device that supports e-mail, mobile phone capabilities, text messaging, web browsing, and other wireless information services. It is most commonly utilized for business purposes.


The BlackBerry was first introduced in 1999 by a company called Research In Motion (RIM).

Operating System

The BlackBerry OS provides easy access to applications such as e-mail, to do list, memos, address book, and many other features. With the newer operating systems 4.1 and later, composing messages are much more convenient by providing auto text.


  • 7100 Series
  • 7700 Series
  • 7520
  • 7700 Series
  • 8700 Series


Forensics on the RIM platform is complicated by the fact that this is a "push" device --- the RIM server will push device to the PDA whenever the PDA's radio is on and there is data available.

RIM devices also feature a remote self-destruct feature. This feature cannot be activated if the radio is turned off, of course.

Both of these features mean that you need to be sure that the radio is off when doing a forensic investigation.