A couple of days ago, a report from The Guardian said that WhatsApp had a big flaw in its security that would allow people to read encrypted messages. The messaging app, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014, has over one billion users, it would be a serious problem if the users’ encrypted messages could be decrypted via the security problem.
Luckily, the reports from The Guardian don’t seem to be correct. Gizmodo has been speaking to a security expert that confirms that there’s no flaw in the security. The flaw that The Guardian was talking about is actually a mechanism that is meant to be there. in order to use this feature you will need to collaborate with Facebook to decrypt encrypted messages.
Fredric Jacobs has been working as a iOS developer at Open Whisper System, and he has also worked at Apple. He has even worked at Facebook’s engineering security infrastructure team. The point being that Jacobs has experience in this field and should know what he is talking about.
“It is not a bug, it is working as designed and someone is saying it’s a ‘flaw’ and pretending it is earth shattering when in fact it is ignorable.” Jacobs said. He also says that he thinks it was foolish to think that the mechanism was a backdoor.
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