Watts August keeps on allowing recover deleted after talks

Jul

31

2016

Security expert revealed that the application of Instant Messaging Watts August maintains and stores records after talks to save the talks, allowing the possibility of retrieval, which puts a question mark over the security of proud service.

Said Jonathan Zdziarska, security expert who specializes in the security of any OS system in the publication on his own blog, Examining pictures of memory storage are taken from the latest version of Watts in August revealed that the application retains and stores trace records conversations after you delete those talks.

Zdziarska He added that this defect software creates a wealth of information for anyone who has the ability to physical access to the device. You can also retrieve the same data through any of the backup to be adopted by the application, such as Google Drive or Aaclaud systems.

It is noteworthy that in most cases, determine the data to be deleted by the application itself, but if not being overwritten, it remains non-refundable through the criminal investigative tools.

Watts August keeps on allowing recover deleted after talks

Zdziarska attribute the problem to the SQLite library encoding used in the application, which does not overwrite deleted data by default.

Many of the privacy advocates have hailed the step Watts in August, which was announced in April / May last, the transition to the use of encryption technology from the type of “party-to-party” cross-Signal Protocol.

But this technique to protect data during transport, which means preventing telecommunications companies and other intermediaries other than spying on conversations as it travels across the network.

The results Zdziarska deal with what happens to the data after it reaches the phone, especially when they are stored on the local drive for the phone or on the cloud storage Aaclaud service.

Watts and stored messages on August Aaclaud without strong encryption, so the result means that it can to law enforcement access to the records of the talks through a court order, even if it has been deleted talks within the application.

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