Security Researchers Call On The Guardian To Retract WhatsApp Story

You’ll recall that I posted a story that detailed a story from The Guardian on what it called a “backdoor” in WhatsApp. Some security researchers have called out The Guardian for what they concluded was irresponsible journalism and misleading story. Over three dozen security researchers including Matthew Green and Bruce Schneier (as well as some from companies such as Google, Mozilla, Cloudflare, and EFF) have signed a long editorial post, pointing out where The Guardian’s report fell short, and also asking the publication to retract the story.

So, is this a backdoor or not? The lack of a definitive answer on this leaves users in limbo. Maybe both sides should work together to clear the air on this. And for bonus points, maybe Facebook who owns WhatsApp should get involved as well?


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