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CRAZY! Furious Gold Lets You Change & Clone A BlackBerrys IMEI, PIN, or ESN Along With Unlocking It!

I have to say that I always considered the ability to unlock BlackBerrys as a black art. I know very little about how it is done and assumed ninjas broke into RIM secret underground bunker and stole the codes :) (I’m kidding) On the other hand I got a bit of insight today from B1620N on how some companies are firmware flashing these BlackBerrys. I cannot say who uses this solution but I did not believe this was possible! I would not believe it unless I got it from a trusted source that it works.

Furious Gold seems to be based on a tool that leaked from RIM (MMLMultiLoader) a bit back that we are not allowed to talk about. :) The downside to this method is that it only works when the device is connected to the computer with the software so I am not sure how remote unlocking works. It also costs a pretty penny as you can see on the Furious Gold website. (~189-300 Euro)

Check out the details at: | video of it in action | Product Page

Describing this tool is one of those situations where a picture is worth a 1000 words…


Yeah you saw that right! You can change the IMEI or ESN number along with clone another persons BlackBerry PIN!!! It also lets you set the MEP data allowing you to totally lock or unlock a BlackBerry. On top of that it lets you clear the branding!!! It works on practically all BlackBerry devices including the newer ones.

furious-before furious-after

This tool also allows you to turn a BlackBerry into a Engineering Unit or EU for short. That means it does not require signed code to run it. This is big for developers who do not want to have to sign code every time they are testing a new application version. The crazy part is that people now have the ability to change their PIN & IMEI number! These are traditionally always tied to a device.

I can only imagine what will happen next… I always thought the PIN & IMEI were imprinted into the hardware of a BlackBerry. Now imagine somebody cloning Obama’s PIN… This might just be huge chink in the BlackBerry’s security armor. The one saving grace is that the application is expensive and a bit hard to find out exactly which package you need.

So what do you think?

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  1. RIM legal to be unleashed shortly, I can feel it. lol

  2. So Im guessing that this is not free.

  3. PS: Also kinda disappointed to actually find this posted here really…I’m far from a stickler for “laws” and “rules” but when you are talking cloning PIN and IMEI’s etc..etc, take it under consideration how you would feel if I cloned your PIN and basically screwed all your devices up.

    Considering the sheer amnt of people that post their PINS on forums and such a PIN is not hard to get at all and their are already been reports on forums of users PINS and BIS services being pooched from the “Unbrander” and various other EU tools that were never meant for public consumption.

    But that’s just me and my opinion and ya know what they say about those 😉

    /steps off soapbox and prepares for possible flamers

  4. @pwn3D
    My mind is still reeling from this! We mentioned it because this is not some hidden RIM tool that should never have been released. This is a commercial product that other companies are reselling! Its totally available to the public.

    I realize that there are SERIOUS security ramifications by being able to clone a PIN and IMEI. On the other hand not mentioning a security concern when it exists is just like sticking your head in the ground and hoping it will go away.

    I mentioned it because this opens up the BlackBerry to a slew of problems since PIN numbers are readily available for public consumption. I can only imagine what else can be done with this information.

    The cats out of the bag… Pandoras box has been opened… We are just pointing it out since everybody else seems to have missed it.

  5. I understand where you are coming from Ronen, expose the problem and force a fix from acknowledgment of it.

    And while I can’t say for certain (much like yourself) what this is *exactly*, I can say that the functions of this shall we say GUI? Are the exact of the MMLMultiLoader with the unlock, debranding etc..etc functionality much like how MCP has the ability to load the MMLMultiLoader as well, if you have obtained it.

    So way I see it, RIM will be going after these folks if possible as they don’t seem to be US or Canadian based on the sole fact that this GUI appears to be made up of components from the MMLMultiLoader tool.

  6. I think you should have been responsible and sent this to RIM first to get their response before posting it. I love my BB and I just don’t want to get hacked* by a bunch of Russian script kiddies.

  7. in indonesia now is very popular by cloning the pin and be careful dont give your pin to someone you dont know

  8. Here’s a discussion of what happened to me after my BB Pin got cloned:

  9. This is a phone cloning tool and it is illegal (criminal offense) in most countries. If you use this, expect a visit from the police.

    I don’t think you should have published this.

    • Andy just because it is criminal does not mean we do not have the right to know that it exists. Just reading Mipacho’s story about how somebody cloned his PIN really shows that it is a security blockbuster. There is a reason people publicize security vulnerabilities AND possible criminal tools so that the general public knows that they exist.

      In short ignorance is practically never bliss… RIM really needs to find a way to fix this or this could end up going over badly. Just imagine all of those PIN numbers just floating around on all the forums…

      • Yes, but mentioning the actual software by name, and even linking to its web page is not productive. You could have shown the screenshots blurred suitably over the name, but not name the software or where it can be obtained from. That would have covered the public interest angle.

        • True but whats the point? I think the link and the software is what make this threat so real. This is publicly available COMMERCIAL software that has been around for awhile now. Its not some obscure thing that only super secret spies know about!
          They even have registered resellers in the United States

          Its like RIM is totally ignoring the fact that this exists. Forget public interest I am trying to highlight that anybody with a few hundred bucks can clone your PIN! It sure scares me…

  10. This is a disaster. Security by obscurity, that’s what RIM has been selling us.

    Very drastic changes will be necessary in upcoming models lest RIM will lose even more credibility. I expect this kind of screwup from the iPhone, not from the BlackBerry.

  11. Once RIM’s infrastructure detects a duplicate PIN and IMEI you get kicked off anyway, so while you could change your PIN and IMEI to mine, you can’t do anything with it and there are no implications for me – so there is no risk at all.

    Take your tinfoil hats off.

    • Please enlighten us, BB. If everything happens the way you just described, what makes you so sure that the crook is the one who will get kicked off and not you, the legitimate owner?

      What about me? I have now a BlackBerry that is not being used. It hasn’t been “seen” in any network for more than two weeks and should remain that way for some more time. If its PIN gets cloned while it is not in use, then later I decide to use this device again, what assurance do I have that I will not be treated like a thief and get kicked off because there has been an identical (cloned) PIN/IMEI combination in use elsewhere for some time?

  12. Yet for some reason I can’t seem to find that software anywhere on their site.

  13. This was very much in poor taste Ronen. You are giving ideas to people who will potentially break the law due to seeing this. I agree its out there, but at the end of the day its a lot harder to find some site in china that sells this as opposed to berryreview thats read everyday by people. This was in very bad taste. never should have been published. this is a very bad day for you guys….

    • If they are breaking the law then why is RIM not stopping them? If the threat exists why has RIM never mentioned it? Security by obscurity used to work for RIM. I am just trying to point out that this is no longer obscure!

      According to the same logic news sites should also not mention iPhone jailbreaking since that is also against the law. I am a security buff and I believe that publicizing a security issue is the fastest way of having it corrected. Sticking your head in the ground accomplishes nothing. For example the Android root access security issue was publicized for all and it was fixed within days!

      Even if this site is in China they are selling to every country in the world. Their site is not some obscure shop. They even have maintenance contracts and support!

      • No Ronen, you are completely wrong with your logic. Jailbreaking and unlocking an iphone IS NOT against the law. It just voids you warranty. But cloning an IMEI is against the law. You shoulnt have mentioned it here. Also, wouldnt you agree that more people know berryreview than some Chinese site? even if they offer maintenance in the states, you are letting the whole community know about this, those sites are obscure and hard to find. None of the other blogs covered this for a reason. How do you expect RIM to fix this? Recall every blackberry sold since the 7290? come on Ronen. you know you did this to get hits and not as a warning for potential harm. Couldnt you have run this story with no links or name of the product?

        • Richard I hope you are not taking this personally I have no intention of hurting your feelings. We just respectfully disagree on this point.

          As for your first point. Jailbreaking is illegal according to Apple but that has yet to be decided:

          Filesharing is also illegal. Pirating software is also illegal. Has that stopped practically every blog from mentioning it? That argument just does not hold water with me. Newspapers report about illegal activities every day. That is what we call news. I would consider it my duty to report to our readers that such illegal activity is a threat to them.

          As I said sticking your head in the ground will do no good. Just because there may be nothing RIM can do about it does not mean the problem will go away. I do not want a false sense of security. People freely give away their PIN numbers now. This needs to stop with such a tool available. The only way it will stop is if people know that they need to keep that number private. Now it is like people are posting their social security numbers online. (on a more minimal scale)

          The fact that nobody else mentioned it is not my problem. They choose what they want to publish and that is their discretion. I don’t see the point in removing a link when a 12 year old could find it within 5 minutes on Google. I repeat again. Ignoring a problem does not make it go away.

          What I expect RIM to do is at least harden their future devices so that this is no longer possible. They would not do this if they do not know about the threat. They have made no statements and this software has been out for months. They have done nothing to protect their customers from this threat. I love RIM but they definitely should be warning their customers about protecting their BlackBerry PIN. This is just careless on their part.

        • Richard,
          I removed the links due to your concerns. I doubt it will change anything. It would be like somebody not linking to thepiratebay. Not linking to it will not make thepiratebay disappear. On the other hand I cant see it hurting. I am not here to promote Furious Gold.

          • Bah, humbug. You’re backing out on this? Removing the links won’t hurt, but certainly doesn’t help either. What Richard wants is what RIM has been giving: security by obscurity.

            “Oh yeah, the real bad guys don’t know where to find that kind of stuff. They need help from BerryReview to find it. So let’s not divulge the links!”

            Give me a break.

  14. The Cloning tool doesnt work for BBs. There is another piece of information (3 total) that is needed to authenticate to the NOC. If your phone hasnt been “seen” by any network, it is not because of the RIM NOC itself. The NOC will ONLY prevent you from getting BB data, not voice/carrier data. I have gone very high up in RIM with this information months before this story was posted. I have been to several facilities where this was demonstrated. It is not security by obscurity, there are many other factors that are used for security.

  15. IMEI cloning can still be done, but the NOC itself will reject the data. As to those in SE Asia with BBs unable to be registered, this is likely blacklisted PINs or devices that are reported stolen. When RIM blacklists a PIN you can still use carrier data (much like the “cloned” device) but you wont get BB data. The hard coded value can be viewed by users by certain tools, but cannot be changed. There are many other tools that RIM has that allow this to be written once during the construction process.

  16. we here in indonesia sells 2 types of blackberry. The one with pin and imei or the one without(blocked or came without pin or imei) which is sold less that 50% retail price apparently its a black market product. So if u didnt have the money and u needed a pin and imei, phone shops here will charge u about USD 150.00 to give u a pin and imei for your handset regardless its blocked or locked.Funny thing is what bout the person that orignaly bought the phone with the pin and imei? who do they go to ? and what i heard is u cannot have the same pin and imei in the blackberry server as they will be both blocked by blackberry

  17. Only the second device is disabled on the NOC. I have cloned my devices, both active and older, and kept them active for over 60 days. The second device never acquired a connection.

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