WhatsApp full end-to-end encryption announced

WhatsApp will be getting end-to-end encryption from Open Whisper Systems, the mobile security software developed announced on its blog on Tuesday, 18 November 2014.

Security-conscious Android users may recognise Open Whisper Systems as the developer of tools such as TextSecure, RedPhone, and Flock.

Open Whisper Systems said that it has been working with WhatsApp for the past six months, and the most recent WhatsApp Android client release already includes support for the TextSecure encryption protocol.

“Billions of encrypted messages are being exchanged daily,” the company said. “The WhatsApp Android client does not yet support encrypted messaging for group chat or media messages, but we’ll be rolling out support for those next, in addition to support for more client platforms.”

It will also be surfacing options for key verification in clients as the protocol integrations are completed.

“WhatsApp runs on an incredible number of mobile platforms, so full deployment will be an incremental process as we add TextSecure protocol support into each WhatsApp client platform,” Open Whisper Systems said.

“We have a ways to go until all mobile platforms are fully supported, but we are moving quickly towards a world where all WhatsApp users will get end-to-end encryption by default,” it added.

The security software developer went on to assure that the roadmap for its own products remains unchanged and that they are continuing to develop the TextSecure app.

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