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

FL flucom.02 at
Sat Jan 14 05:48:48 PST 2017

Sadly I'm not a hacker — I'm a lawyer, so I haven't checked their code nor any other company's for that matter.

However, my main point remains unaddressed — I'm not sure that American companies are 'required by law' to implement backdoors. And the fact that I check the news instead of a proprietary piece of code doesn't mean that someone must have a secret and mandatory backdoor.

I might be wrong though, but I haven't seen any evidence to make me think otherwise.

Best regards,


> On 14-01-2017, at 10:38, carlo von lynX <lynX at> wrote:
> Thx, efecto
>> On Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 10:17:07AM -0300, FL wrote:
>> I'm not sure that every American company, by law, must implement a backdoor, as you imply. The last time I checked, iMessage was a very secure platform with no known vulnerabilities — which in fact has made Apple struggle with US agencies more than a few times.
> Has there been any litigation with the NSA? I only
> saw interaction with the FBI - and the FBI has a
> less prioritary job: law enforcement. Nothing that
> is worth questioning national security for, so I
> would assume FBI doesn't get the same clearances
> as NSA. You can't monitor an entire population if
> strategically unimportant offences like child abuse
> would blow your cover - thus it is mathematical that
> FBI cannot have the access privileges of NSA.
> By "last time I checked" you don't mean the code
> that is actually deployed into those devices but
> merely "checked the news", right?
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