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

F LM flucom.02 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 14 03:45:58 PST 2017


So I guess we can go back to what we were talking about a few days ago. You know, "fake news".

FL

> On 13-01-2017, at 21:26, Sebastian Benthall <sbenthall at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> 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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