WhatsApp: That ‘backdoor’ in our encryption is actually a feature

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Neither WhatsApp nor The Guardian are having a good day.

The UK-based newspaper published a scathing exclusive report early Friday morning, purporting to reveal disturbing news about the encryption used by WhatsApp’s, the Facebook-owned messaging service. Almost as soon as the article went live, however, security experts took to the internet to publicly question the nature of its claims.  

Late in the day Friday, Open Whisper Systems, the team behind the end-to-end encryption service used by WhatsApp and secure messaging client Signal, published a blog post in response to the article. The post refuted The Guardian‘s claims at length, expressing the team’s disappointment with the way in which the news was reported.  Read more…

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