The announcement came on Twitter via Jake Leslie Davis that WhatsApp passes all their information to the security services. Jake Davis (also known as Topiary) is a professional hacker. He worked previously for Anonymous. He is from the United Kingdom. Anonymous is a decentralized international hacktivist group that is widely known for its various DDoS cyber attacks against several governments. Davis came in from the cold and became a cybersecurity expert.
WhatsApp Messenger is a free messaging app available for Android and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your phones Internet connection. According to Davis, when requesting access to data, according to the General Rules of Personal Data Protection, the user can send a list with all his contacts and the names of the groups in which he is a member. It contains both old and new data, and from all phones that the user has ever used.
Davis is concerned that there is a high probability that all this information can be passed to intelligence agencies. Hence, foreign agencies can end up accessing your data. China and Russia are notorious for hacking. This information gives access to large networks of people who communicate with each other and what groups they are in.
There is also a risk of being added to a group with a dubious name and content.
Earlier it was reported that using the Google search engine, users of the WhatsApp messenger can find links that allow them to enter private chats.
Last year, Edward Snowden warned about the use of WhatsApp and Telegram messaging services. Telegram is a cloud-based instant messaging and voice over IP service.
The US government uses PRISM (a code name) under which the United States National Security Agency (NSA) collects internet communications from various US internet companies. PRISM collects stored internet communications based on requests that are made to internet companies under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 to turn over any data that match court-approved search terms.
Russia uses SORM. It is an intelligence gathering system in Russia that has a wide reach. It can also collect information on the servers based in Russia. Hence, that is the main reason why the Kremlin wants everything on Russian servers. Overall, PRISM is superior compared to SORM.
The most dangerous Russian services that gather all your information for the Kremlin are Vkontakte, Odnoklassniki, Yandex, Rambler, Mail.ru, Snaphat and Telegram.
Currently, the most secure messengers are Signal and Wire.
Every time the app is accessed and the internet is used, you are being tracked via a myriad of ways. The information is used for marketing purposes as well as intelligence gathering by governments. You also face the threat of being hacked to gather access to information for criminal enterprises.
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