Madrid – Founder and Director of the Apostle Service Telegram, Pavel Dubrov, wrote a critical column on security issues in WhatsApp after the news about the vulnerability in this popular service.
In the text, titled "Why WhatsApp will never be safe," Durov says the news did not surprise him and he recalled that last year the application had already revealed a similar problem. "Whenever the WhatsApp needs to fix a critical vulnerability in its application, a new one appears in its place," he said, adding that "all its security problems work as backdoors."
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According to the Russian, "WhatsApp is not open source, so a security expert can not check if there is a backdoor in your code." In addition, he noted that the messaging application "not only does not publish its code, but does just the opposite: it deliberately confuses the binaries of its applications so that no one can carefully examine them."
The founder of Telegram estimates that WhatsApp and its parent company, Facebook, "probably had to implement backdoors through secret processes, by an FBI order." "It's not easy to launch a secure communications application from the US during the week that our team spent in the US in 2016, we received three attempts to infiltrate by the FBI and imagine what could bring 10 years in that company-based environment in the United States," he said.
Encryption, "marketing strategy"
Also, Durov recalled that a few years ago WhatsApp transferred messages as simple text without encryption. "It's crazy, not just governments or" hackers ", but also mobile service providers and Wi-Fi managers have had access to all WhatsApp correspondence," he said.
Also, the developer said that the messaging system added "some encryption", although it "quickly turned out to be a marketing strategy." "Then the creators of WhatsApp sold it to Facebook and claimed that" the secrecy is in their DNA. " If this is true, then it must be a dormant or recessive gene, "he says.
"WhatsApp has not told its users that backing up messages is no longer protected by end-to-end encryption" and that even those who preferred not to back up their calls "can still be tracked through a series of tricks, access to backup your contacts, invisible changes in the key Encryption. "
WhatsApp was not sure "not one day"
"WhatsApp has a clear history: from zero encryption in the initial phase, to a sequence of security issues, suitable for tracking purposes," said the businessman, adding that "there was one day in the 10-year journey of WhatsApp.where the service was safe."
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Although Drouv acknowledged that the authorities justified the installation of the rear doors in the fight against terrorism, he noted that "the problem is that these back doors can also be used by criminals and authoritarian governments."
"It's not surprising that dictators probably like WhatsApp." Insecurity allows them to spy on their people, so WhatsApp is still freely available in places like Russia or Iran, where the authorities are prohibiting Telegram, "he said.
Access to a telegram from Russian territory was blocked in April by a court decision until the company provides the keys to deciphering their chat content. The Federal Security Service (FSB, with its initials in Russian) requested the keys in July 2017, as determined by federal law on communications. The management of the company replied that it can not be done technically. The authorities insisted that Telegrams' refusal to hand over the secret service keys to the security services threatened the interests of the state. Specifically, the agency of the Russian Federation in charge of monitoring the media (Roskomnadzor) explained that Telegram can "disseminate extreme terrorist information which the FSB does not have access to."