Whatsapp is a juggernaut of an app, largely because it came along and allowed you to send SMS texts straight through the internet without having to get billed by your mobile provider. Nowadays iPhones come with iMessages loaded straight up as default so Whatsapp doesn’t really serve that purpose anymore, but it’s big selling point now is that it is one of the few genuinely secure communication apps around. The end-to-end encryption guarantees total privacy in an age where Russian hackers and your own bloody government are all over your personal information.
It might sound like a joke, but a big part of the NSA leaks were reveals that government agents with access to surveillance software had used it spy on ex-girlfriends and access sleeping webcams to get footage of unaware people in compromising situations. It may seem unlikely but there’s no denying that you have less privacy than ever before and there’s something comforting about Whatsapp’s ability to keep the government out of your business.
And yet… that may not be true! A group of German researchers from the University of Ruhr have revealed that a massive gap in the security of Whatsapp group chats. Hackers can gain access to the app’s servers and insert people into group chats without the need for admin privileges, essentially allowing them to gain access to chat logs that have until now been 100% secure.
This will be a huge blow for Whatsapp who, until now, have largely been coasting off their monumental security which has kept the UK and US government at bay, infuriating various national security agencies and keeping d*ck pics safe from randomers on the internet for years. This probably won’t hurt Whatsapp too much but it just goes to show that your information is never as safe as you think.