WhatsApp will include full encryption to a billion users

Posted By on April 28, 2016

19In the resulting battle, the encryption between Apple and the FBI, the latest version of the popular messenger Facebook will include end-to-end encryption of messages and calls. WhatsApp messenger updates so that every message and voice call defended more serious encryption is about a million conversations out of sight of the authorities.


The development of the messenger, which is owned by Facebook, is surprising, given the recent history of Silicon Valley with the authorities regarding user data. He immediately remembered the FBI in court with Apple, and the Brazilian police, recently launched arrests with Facebook; just WhatsApp is not able to provide messages of suspects in the crime.


1 billion users of WhatsApp, which installs the latest version of the app for your iPhone, Android device, Nokia or Blackberry will send and receive messages, attachments, and challenges that can only be decrypted by the intended recipient, says Moxie Marlinspike, a developer of encrypted messaging on the technology of Open Whisper Systems, which forms the basis of the encryption WhatsApp.

If several users write messages in the group and one of them works with the older version that does not support encrypted messages, then others can see who is putting the session at risk and leaves it unencrypted.

Telegram, a Berlin-messaging service, which has dramatically increased since 2013, I have already implemented a lot of functions in this area. But end-to-end encryption only works in so-called “secret chats”.

WhatsApp started to add strong encryption by default for some messages at the end of 2014, but it applies only to users on certain handsets or in certain situations. Users also could not know whether the correspondence encryption technology.

The marlinspike, which is working on Signal, the app to exchange encrypted messages say that the problem is severe. Apparently, he will help the team of engineers WhatsApp to add new encryption functions in WhatsApp. The programmer said that he plans to help and other applications.