Earlier this week, it became known that the WhatsApp messenger recently fixed a critical error that could allow attackers to remotely compromise a device and steal protected chat messages and files.
I didn’t fail about what happened speak out Telegram founder Pavel Durov. He notes that back in May of this year he predicted that backdoors would continue to be found on WhatsApp, and wrote that the messenger should definitely not be trusted.
“WhatsApp not only does not protect your messages, but is also constantly used as a Trojan horse to monitor your photos and messages that are not related to WhatsApp,” Durov writes and adds that Facebook has been working with intelligence agencies for a long time and is monitoring people, and it’s unlikely whether after the acquisition of WhatsApp company policy has changed dramatically.
“After discovering a backdoor this week, Facebook tried to confuse the public, saying it had no evidence that hackers had exploited this backdoor. Of course, they don’t have such evidence, because to get it, you need to be able to analyze the videos exchanged by WhatsApp users, and WhatsApp does not store video files on its servers permanently (instead, it sends unencrypted messages and multimedia of the vast majority of users directly to Google and Apple servers). So there is nothing to analyze – "there is no evidence." Conveniently.
But rest assured, a vulnerability of this magnitude will certainly be exploited, just like the previous WhatsApp backdoor was used against human rights defenders and journalists naive enough to be WhatsApp users, ”says Durov, referring to the lawsuit between Facebook and the NSO Group, the reason for which another vulnerability in WhatsApp served.
“Despite the ever-increasing evidence that WhatsApp is just a decoy for people who still trust Facebook in 2019, there is a possibility that WhatsApp accidentally injects critical vulnerabilities into all of its applications every few months. But I doubt it, because in the six years that have passed since the launch, Telegram, which was similar in its complexity of the application, had no serious problems at the WhatsApp level. It is unlikely that anyone on a regular basis accidentally makes serious security errors that are so convenient for snooping.
Regardless of the true intentions of WhatsApp’s parent company, the recommendations for end users are the same: if you do not want all your photos and messages to be publicly available sooner or later, you must remove WhatsApp from your phone, ”sums up Durov.