WhatsApp Denies Snooping Vulnerability

WhatsApp Denies Snooping Vulnerability
WhatsApp has denied reports claiming that its encrypted messages can be read using a backdoor method.

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(CCM) — WhatsApp has denied reports alleging that encrypted messages on its platform can be read or intercepted using a secret method. The rumor stems from an announcement by the Facebook-owned company, which revealed that it has in the pipeline a new message delivery design for offline users that will ensure the smooth delivery of messages and make sure that they do not get lost in transit. However, the company maintains that there is no link between the innovation and an existing issue of encryption overriding.

"The Guardian posted a story this morning claiming that an intentional design decision in WhatsApp that prevents people from losing millions of messages is a 'backdoor' allowing governments to force WhatsApp to decrypt message streams. This claim is false," the company said in a statement. The company clarified that it never gives governments access to the encrypted data using any backdoor method. WhatsApp has also said that it would resist and fight any government requesting to access encrypted data on its platform. "The design decision referenced in The Guardian story prevents millions of messages from being lost, and WhatsApp offers people security notifications to alert them to potential security risks," the statement added.

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