Method and apparatus for intercepting events in a communication system

  • US 7,680,281 B2
  • Filed: 09/16/2008
  • Issued: 03/16/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/20/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for intercepting data, comprising:

  • receiving, at a management server, a connection from a remote client, the connection being initiated by the remote client and established outbound from the remote client;

    negotiating a point-to-point encryption scheme with a remote mobile device, the point-to-point encryption scheme negotiated between the management server and the remote mobile device;

    receiving, at the management server, a value identifying an intercept target for a legal intercept and an indication that interception is authorized by a warrant, the intercept target corresponding to the remote mobile device;

    automatically intercepting, at the management server, data received and/or sent by the intercept target identified by the value, wherein data is intercepted without altering operation of email application services that operate on the remote mobile device;

    inspecting packets having the intercepted data to distinguish end-to-end encrypted information from other information that is encrypted according to the point-to-point encryption scheme negotiated with the remote mobile device;

    preserving encryption that is included on the end-to-end encrypted information when received while removing encryption that is included on at least a portion of the other information, said other information decrypted using a key obtained during the point-to-point encryption scheme negotiation; and

    transferring both the decrypted other information and the end-to-end information from the management server to a remote device.

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