A UN spokesperson said that “The UN does not consider WhatsApp a secure mechanism.” Following the case of Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos, the UN said that it does not consider WhatsApp a secure means of communication.
Bezos was allegedly hacked by Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman who sent a malware-laden video file to the CEO. As both of them were having a friendly conversation, Bezos did not suspect anything.
As the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was asked about this exchange of messages with heads of states over WhatsApp, a spokesperson said, “Every senior UN official has been instructed to refrain from using WhatsApp for official communication since it is not a secure medium. So, I do not think the Secretary-General uses it.”
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Also, he clarified that the instructions of not using WhatsApp were circulated in June 2019.
WhatsApp’s Director of Communications Carl Woog, said, “Every private message is secured via end-to-end encryption to prevent WhatsApp or unwanted third-party sources from viewing messages. Our encryption technology, developed together with Signal, remains the best to date and is highly regarded by security experts.”
Researcher at Tel Aviv-based security consultancy Checkpoint Oded Vanunu said, “WhatsApp takes security seriously compared to other social media messaging platforms. Every application has vulnerabilities that can be exploited in some way. Most run-of-the-mill messaging platforms can only dream of the kind of security measures taken by WhatsApp.”
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