UN urged not to use the messenger WhatsApp

24 January 2020

WhatsApp needs no introduction. It is one of the most popular messengers in the world. Hundreds of millions of people use it to communicate. However, there are security issues with the service.

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For example, the United Nations surprised. Farhan Haq, spokesman for the UN secretary general, said the following. WhatsApp is not suitable for important correspondence and negotiations.

UN officials are banned from using WhatsApp. This rule was introduced last summer. António Guterres, who heads the organization, also follows the recommendation.

What's wrong with the app? Claims against it have piled up. Here's one of the most recent. The other day Jeff Bezos, the famous billionaire, was affected. The head of Amazon's phone was hacked.

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It turns out that the gadget was "hacked" via WhatsApp. Bezos - from an unusual number - was sent a malicious file. The sender was identified as Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

Such cases are not rare. Moreover - against WhatsApp stands Pavel Durov, the creator of Telegram. He recommended removing the program from smartphones. Thanks to it, attackers steal personal information.

WhatsApp developers deny the accusations. If you believe them, every message is protected. Support for end-to-end encryption is claimed. Dangerous bugs are promptly fixed.