A news in the German press questions the security of WhatsApp, the world’s most popular instant messaging app. According to the news, the German police can access messages between users using WhatsApp Web. Moreover, this technique has been actively used for several years.
With the widespread use of smartphones and internet, instant messaging applications gained great importance. These applications allow users to reach each other over the internet. Users can send messages, make voice or video calls, and establish groups, and communicate with multiple people at the same time. WhatsApp comes to mind first when it comes to instant messaging applications.
WhatsApp is the world’s most popular instant messaging app. Today, more than 1 billion users use WhatsApp, and this app provides dozens of users. One of the most popular and trustworthy features of WhatsApp is that the messages are encrypted end-to-end. So, according to WhatsApp officials, this feature means that it is not possible to reach the messages between the two people. However, a statement from Germany confused about this feature of WhatsApp.
“The German Federal Criminal Agency can access encrypted messages”
The German press voiced an interesting claim this morning. According to reports in important sources, the German Federal Criminal Agency (BKA) was able to access end-to-end encrypted messages on WhatsApp. Moreover, the German police did not use spyware to access these messages. So allegedly, WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption feature is not as secure as described. So how does this happen?
According to the information in the news, German security provided access to WhatsApp messages via WhatsApp Web. However, how this process takes place is currently unknown. It is stated in the news that an extremely simple technique is used. “Sensitive information about the methods of prosecution cannot be shared with the public,” the German Federal Criminal Agency asked the questions posed. He has given the answer.
This technique has been in use for several years
According to the information obtained, the German Federal Criminal Agency has been using the process of accessing messages via WhatsApp Web for several years. This technique was even used for the first time in 2016 in the “Christmas Market” terrorist attack. Moreover, this process is also suitable under German law. Because the German police can track people through communication tools when it comes to serious crimes.
It is not possible to understand how German police access messages via Whatsapp Web. However, these claims seem to be able to debate the security of WhatsApp. Because WhatsApp officials praise the security of this application in their statements. But apparently the German police have proved that WhatsApp is not that secure.