Zimbabwe’s dreaded spy Agency, the Central intelligence Organisation, (CIO), is currently incapacitated when it comes to snooping on the public’s Whatsapp messages.
So kickass is Whatsapp’s encryption that even the powerful FBI from US and the British intelligence agencies can’t-for now- penetrate Whatsapp messages.
The discovery has seen British Prime Minister David Cameron begin pressing ahead with new legislation to ban Whatsapp in the country.
“That is something we are looking into but we have failed so far, but if the Americans can’t, it does not necessarily mean we can’t ,” one CIO agent admitted in Harare yesterday.
Encryption is a sophisticated process of encoding messages or information in such a way that only the authorized people can read it.
Cameron is thus seeking to stop people from sending any form of encrypted messages.
A number of popular messaging services – including WhatsApp, iMessage and Snapchat – currently scramble communications between their users, the UK Telegraph reported.
“In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read?” explained Prime Minister Cameron earlier this year. My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not’,” said Cameron.
The only way the intelligence agents could possibly read Whatsapp messages is by voluntary procurement. This is when a user has surrendered their mobile-phone or a receiving gadget has fallen into the hands of the CIO. Even hacking is not possible and the only form of intrusion is possible when the owner or user, volunteers to reinstall their account onto an infected device.
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