WhatsApp messages can be read by exploiting security backdoor

WhatsApp messages could be read by Facebook and government agencies, according to a researcher who has discovered a security hole in the app.

Fears over users privacy were sparked after Tobias Boelter, a security researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, discovered a backdoor in WhatsApp’s method of end-to-end encryption. The encryption technology was added last year to ensure that no one – including the company – can read a user’s messages other than them.

It means the company could intercept messages sent to phones that aren’t connected to the internet and forward them on to a separate device without the sender or receiver knowing.

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