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[liberationtech] Fwd: [WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages]

Sebastian Benthall sbenthall at gmail.com
Fri Jan 13 16:26:29 PST 2017


https://whispersystems.org/blog/there-is-no-whatsapp-backdoor/

On Jan 13, 2017 9:14 AM, "Rich Kulawiec" <rsk at gsp.org> wrote:

> It is long *past* time for everyone involved in the kinds of activities
> discussed here to completely and permanently excise Facebook's
> services/products from their computing environment.  No excuses.
>
> ---rsk
>
>
> ----- Forwarded message from Richard Forno <rforno at infowarrior.org> -----
>
> > To: Infowarrior List <infowarrior at attrition.org>
> > Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:18:42 -0500
> > Subject: [Infowarrior] - WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted
> >       messages
> >
> >
> > WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages
> >
> > https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jan/13/
> whatsapp-backdoor-allows-snooping-on-encrypted-messages
> >
> > A security backdoor that can be used to allow Facebook and others to
> > intercept and read encrypted messages has been found within its WhatsApp
> > messaging service.
> >
> > Facebook claims that no one can intercept WhatsApp messages, not even the
> > company and its staff, ensuring privacy for its billion-plus users. But
> > new research shows that the company could in fact read messages due to
> > the way WhatsApp has implemented its end-to-end encryption protocol.
> >
> > Privacy campaigners said the vulnerability is a ???huge threat to freedom
> > of speech??? and warned it can be used by government agencies to snoop
> > on users who believe their messages to be secure. WhatsApp has made
> > privacy and security a primary selling point, and has become a go to
> > communications tool of activists, dissidents and diplomats.
> >
> > < - >
> >
> > Boelter reported the backdoor vulnerability to Facebook in April 2016,
> > but was told that Facebook was aware of the issue, that it was
> ???expected
> > behaviour??? and wasn???t being actively worked on. The Guardian has
> > verified the backdoor still exists.
> >
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