Security Researcher: ‘anonymous’ service Whisper collects data users




Whisper can indeed track users. That says well-known security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski Friday after Whisper denied that this was the case. That did Whisper after a critical article from The Guardian.

Zdziarski mixes themselves in a heated debate Thursday that arose after the publication of the article by The Guardian. The British newspaper wrote that include the US Department of Defense would soldiers who express their dissatisfaction through the Whisper app follow.

According to The Guardian Whisper can follow individual users by storing location data. Would be a mapping tool in the app are purpose built. This tool is reportedly allow users to Whisper that allow sharing of location, tracking through GPS. Who has the location feature turned off, according to The Guardian still be found by analyzing IP addresses of Wi-Fi networks.

The British newspaper also reported that the location data is shared via a searchable database with the US Department of Defense. Whisper In those database linking the locations to messages that someone who no longer use the app actually anonymous. And times

Security Researcher Zdziarski, which is primarily known for reporting vulnerabilities in iOS, confirmed now after its own research Whisper combines a unique number to each user. This is done according to him the moment someone the app for the first time. In addition, the app according to him indeed trace the location with GPS, up to a distance of less than a hundred meters from the exact location.

Despite the findings Whisper denies strongly that the user follows. In a statement CEO Neetzan Zimmerman Friday via Twitter spread , the company makes it clear that something Whisper relates almost nothing about the allegations. true The company would Although the location can indeed save for a time that does not associate with anyone. Also, it would not share personal data with government agencies.

Incidentally paste Whisper the Terms of this week or to. It is now that the user is allowed to follow, as well as the location services are turned off. According to The Guardian this happened after editors the company that they were working on an article about Whisper. Told


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