John Chen does not like confidential information leaking out before it is announced and has stated that his organization will take legal action against leakers.

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced on the company blog that stringent action would be taken against anyone leaking BlackBerry products. He said that leaks are “at their best, distracting, and at their worst downright misleading to our stakeholders. The business implications of a leak are seldom advantageous.”

BlackBerry is not a stranger to leaks. The BlackBerry Z3 was leaked in images captured by a clandestine interloper months ahead of the device’s official unveiling. Chen said that such leaks were frustrating to deal with. “One of the most frustrating things for all of us at BlackBerry is when a critical and confidential project is reported in the media before we are ready to discuss it.”

Chen’s strong views regarding product leakers might have been brought on by the latest series of leaks, which divulged information about BlackBerry’s upcoming BlackBerry 10.3 OS. BlackBerry is now said to be undertaking legal action against the leaker, who “falsely posed as an employee of one of BlackBerry’s carrier partners to obtain access to secured networks.” In addition to the unannounced build, the leak revealed the codenames for future BlackBerry handsets as well as the existence of features like Intelligent Assistant, an intelligent voice-based assistant that is BlackBerry’s answer to Siri and Google Now.

Chen admitted that a few leaks were driven by fan curiosity, but that “strong action” would be taken when “curiosity turns to criminality.” Chen said that this would result in fewer blog posts with photos and rumors, and that BlackBerry would be “communicating our biggest updates to you early and often – when they are ready to be shared.”

The heavy stance on leakers is understandable given the nature of the leaks that have come out of BlackBerry over the years. While Chen has stated that the manufacturer will take legal action against the leaker of the BlackBerry 10.3 build, it is not yet clear as to what it might entail. This isn’t the first time this month an organization has taken legal action against a leaker. Microsoft has announced last week that it is pursuing legal action against a former employee who leaked Windows 8.1 source code to a blogger. Sony is also said to be cracking down on leakers by rolling out stringent security measures in its offices.

Source: BlackBerry Blog