Joseph Cox reports:
There is no backdoor in WhatsApp, the messaging app used by more than 1 billion people worldwide. That’s the message from an open letter written by Turkish academic and commentator Zeynep Tufekci, and signed by around 30 cryptographers, security researchers, and other technical experts.
The letter comes after a much-castigated article in The Guardian from last week written by a freelance journalist, which interpreted an implementation of WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption as a major security concern. The issue revolves around how WhatsApp generates new encryption keys for messages that cannot be immediately delivered, sometimes without warning the user; and how governments could force WhatsApp to take advantage of this alleged flaw in order to read some messages.
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