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2019-09-17 10:52:58




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Edward snowden advised officials to stop using whatsapp and telegram

Officials using WhatsApp and Telegram

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2019-09-17 10:52:58

Officials using WhatsApp and Telegram messengers for communication are at great risk. This was stated in an interview with France Inter by a former US National Security Agency (NSA) employee Edward Snowden.

Officials using WhatsApp and Telegram messengers for communication are at great risk. This was stated in an interview with France Inter by a former US National Security Agency (NSA) employee Edward Snowden.

 

He said that French President Emmanuel Macron uses Telegram to communicate with subordinates, and Prime Minister Édouard Philippe uses WhatsApp. According to him, public safety has never been the goal of the creators of these programs.

 

"Any of these programs is better than SMS or a phone without a coding system. But if you are the prime minister, then their use is extremely dangerous. The widespread use of WhatsApp in the government is a mistake," said Edward Snowden.

 

He added that Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, is gradually removing protection from the messenger.

 

"Facebook promises that it will not listen to conversations because they are encrypted, but still tries to do this for national security reasons. Although it's really about influencing events and changing them in a way that's beneficial for the authorities," Snowden said.

 

As an alternative, he advised officials to use free Signal or Wire messengers.

 

Edward Snowden became known in 2013 after revealing top-secret information about the surveillance of US intelligence agencies for communications of citizens around the world using existing communication networks. He was granted political asylum in Russia.

 

Snowden is now president of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes public journalism and protects arrested journalists and informants. The organization accepts donations in cryptocurrency.

 

It should be reminded that in August, Facebook admitted that it hired third-party contractors to listen to the voice messages of users sent by them in the Messenger app.

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