According to Durov, Facebook messenger is not able to protect the correspondence and personal data of users from transmission to third parties. He claims that he began developing an alternative messaging service in 2012 after he discovered that WhatsApp is transmitting data in plain text. Not only hackers, but also mobile providers and even Wi-Fi network administrators could easily intercept information.
"Three years ago, WhatsApp announced that it had implemented end-to-end encryption so that" no third party could access the messages. " This coincided with the aggressive desire of all users to backup their chats in the cloud. By doing this, WhatsApp did not tell its users that when backing up messages, they are no longer protected by end-to-end encryption and can be accessed by hackers.
The metadata generated by WhatsApp users — magazines that describe who communicated with whom and when — is transmitted in large volumes to all types of agencies by the parent company WhatsApp. In addition, they have a mixture of critical vulnerabilities, replacing each other. ", – Durov said.
As an example, he cited a recent message the media of mass vulnerability WhatsApp accounts of mobile app users. Despite the rapid release of a security update, the entire audience of the messenger was potentially at risk of data theft — about 1.5 billion people. Earlier, a similar “hole” in service protection was discovered at the end of 2018.
The published material ends with a call to abandon the use of Facebook services, which are alleged to be held hostage by the majority of Internet users.