Nokia Paid to Stop the Revelation of Symbian Source Code
Nokia has reportedly paid several millions of dollars after it was blackmailed, about seven years ago, in a case that is still being investigated by the authorities. The Finnish company was threatened with the public revealing of Symbian, the operating system used by Nokia back then, if the payment was not made.
The case has been revealed after an investigation led by the Finnish television channel MTV. According to it, Nokia paid a non-disclosed fee in order to avoid that the encrypted source code for Symbian, which is closed to the public and used, at the time, by the company, to become public and widely available. Almost seven years later, the case is still not solved, as the country's authorities are still investigating and dealing with this case as extortion.
It is also not known how the criminals managed to access the source code for Symbian. According to MTV, that cites sources in the Finnish police, Nokia has contacted the authorities and decided to pay the ransom. They paid with cash, by leaving a bag in an amusement park in Tampere, in the center of Finland. An unknown individual collected the bag, but the authorities missed his track. The case is still opened to this day.
At that time, half of the phones sold in the world had the Nokia brand, with lots of those running Symbian, and some other manufacturers were running Symbian as well. This operating system was eventually put aside, as Nokia replaced it by Windows Phone on their most recent smartphones.
Microsoft has then bought Nokia's smartphone business, in an operation that obligated Nokia to give Microsoft their licenses and patents, making one of the biggest brands in the sector to quit this market niche. Microsoft is still launching phones under the Nokia branding, in order to fight Apple and Google in the smartphone war.