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WhatsApp Backdoor Issue Unveils A Vulnerability

WhatsApp users were on Friday given some information by The Guardian that WhatsApp messages could be intercepted by a WhatsApp Backdoor.

This is confirmed false by WhatsApp and cryptography experts and WhatsApp and that people can continue their use of the app knowing their messages are secure.

The Security Backdoor here was called a vulnerability ( not a Backdoor) by Tobias Boelter who tried to explain how WhatsApp security Measures could actually allow someone's messages to be intercepted by pretending to be the recipient.

This information got misinterpreted as a "Backdoor" by the Guardian, which they portrayed as a way for Governments and WhatsApp to intercept Messages, which is in Fact, a design by WhatsApp to allow  massages flow freely and Uninterrupted.

WhatsApp encrypt messages to a device so when a message is sent to one without a device, the messages hangs up somewhere in the Message domains till a device is activated by the user before it gets delivered.

Obviously, it is possible to intercept messages sent to a particular recipient by working with Facebook (FB, Tech 30) who owns WhatsApp, changing the recipient and pretending to be the recipient by registering a new device with the recipient's stolen phone number.

The Backdoor does not exist but a Vulnerability it is, detected as a big problem in the cryptography community: therefore questions like this are opened " What should an encrypted communication app do when someone switches phones?" as Apple ( , Tech30 ) and WhatsApp have decided to keep the messages flowing.

This issue was on Thursday tackled by Google who published a document so developers could help solve the problem.

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