Pavel Durov’s decision to implement encryption WhatsApp: they copy Telegram




The updated version of the application WhatsApp for Android now has a “pass-through» (end-to-end) encryption, which protects the default messages from being intercepted and read by unauthorized persons. The idea of ​​”through” encryption is that the message is encoded in the time of shipment and can only be decrypted by the user who it is intended. Thus, even if unauthorized persons will be able to intercept traffic WhatsApp, then the message will get to them in encrypted form.


Endpoint encryption over a year working in the messenger Paul Durov Telegram. Although reports in secret chats and sent through the servers of the project, after the delivery, they are removed from them and kept only on devices interlocutors. Telegram creators claim that even they can not get access to this correspondence. Edition Siliconrus Paul Durov asked to comment on the new trend of secure communication among developers messengers.

“In the case of WhatsApp one basically can not see how it is and what they do, because the code is your customer, they do not open.

Overall, this trend continued attempts WhatsApp follow Telegram: to follow us, they have increased the maximum size of videos and group size (though never caught on these parameters), added status prochitanogo now kind of encryption. Predict the web version, yuzerneym, cloudiness and self-destruct timer in WhatsApp.

And if you look at the other messenger, Line, they are a few months ago copied auto-Telegram chats up to the individual timer values. It’s nice that we have an opportunity to accelerate progress and indirectly affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people who are older messengers “- said Durov.

“Pass” message encryption yet be available only to users WhatsApp on Android, the launch date of the same function on iOS and other platforms are not specified. Even on Android coding end-to-end is not yet provided for in group chats and when sending media content, but the developers promise in the near future to correct this deficiency.

Last month, FBI Director James Comey criticized Apple for enhanced encryption of messages on the platform iMessage. According Komi, because this technology his department “does not always have access to the evidence required to punish crimes and prevent terrorist attacks.” He called Apple, Google and other companies refuse to encrypt your personal data.

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