BlackBerry maker RIM has started the hostile takeover bid for wireless security firm Certicom, according to. IDG news service.
Security is of fundamental importance to the BlackBerry offer: all email goes through RIM's network operations centre and is encrypted for transit over wireless networks.
However, BlackBerry devices are not certified at the highest levels of government security, a fact that has made headline news after BlackBerry fan Barack Obama became US President Elect.
RIM and Certicom are based in Ontario, Canada.