WhatsApp He has never stood out for his privacy, and now the app is accused of create security holes on purpose, with the objective that governments and intelligence agencies await the talks, which would mean that encryption will have no other use than to generate a false sense of tranquility.
These accusations come from Pavel Durov, founder and CEO of Telegram, an application that directly rivals WhatsApp, betting on better security.
Durov suspects that WhatsApp vulnerabilities are not accidental, but are introduced as "backdoors" or backdoors. That is, hidden mechanisms for certain organizations wait for conversations or even take control of mobile phones of your goals.
When the "backdoors" become known publicly, from Facebook (the owner of WhatsApp) they solve them and affirm that they were simple failures, downplaying them, according to the head of Telegram.
They are very serious accusations, but with arguments behind. For example, the WhatsApp hacking of Jeff Bezos, executive director of Amazon, by Saudi Arabia would have been an unwanted consequence of the premeditated security flaws that the company incorporates.
Durov is very critical with WhatsApp end-to-end encryption, which considers little less than a way to distract attention, because privacy depends on many other factors.
An example is the recent scandal that Apple did not encrypt iCloud backups at the request of the FBI to access data more easily. Durov even states that Telegram received requests from spy agencies to give them access to the conversations, and that their refusal was the reason for the app crashes in Russia and Irn.
He also distrusts that WhatsApp had 12 vulnerabilities in 2019, which he sees excessive to be really involuntary, and remember that it keeps the application's computer code hidden, which makes it difficult to check if there are backdoors by independent researchers.
Perhaps the most surprising thing is that Durov dare to find privacy issues on Telegram, because it considers that its security is based on verifiable facts, and not on the trust in Facebook, a company with a long history of unhealthy behavior.
It's true that Telegram does not provide concrete evidence that WhatsApp security flaws are intentional, but it gives a credible and interesting perspective on an application used by millions of Internet users every day.
Today there are more private messenger apps, without going any further Signal, used by Edward Snowden. Anyway, opting for software outside the four major technologies (Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon) will almost certainly be more protected in this regard.
The WhatsApp security is being completely questioned, and there are reasons for this, but it is unlikely that you will lose users seeing that it has become almost essential in all areas of the day.
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What do you think of these accusations? Do you think WhatsApp creates vulnerabilities on purpose so that governments expect us?