Amnesty International are, by their very definition, a worthy organisation. They try to look after the rights of the individual, you and me, worldwide and they have, over the years, championed people who have had very little hope indeed. Those who have been imprisoned, tortured and forgotten by anyone other than their own families, often for no reason at all.
However… they seem to be venturing into an area they know very, very, VERY little about. Or they employed an iPhonian to conduct the research. Either way, it’s right… but it’s wrong.
What they said as reported by CBC was that instant messaging services such as Snapchat, Skype and, would you believe, BBM:
‘are not taking basic steps to ensure privacy’
Whereas the likes of Whatsapp and iMessage (which scored HIGHEST in their report) employ ‘end tp end encryption. Indeed, they praised Facebook and Apple and scored them highest for ‘having the best security’.
Seriously. Someone just took them for the ride of their lives.
Is this the iMessage whereby users complain of getting random messages from China? The same iMessage hacked (sorry, mistakenly wandered into) the hands of salacious journalists in the joy of the iCloud??
And, with perfect timing, is this the same Whatsapp currently (today) suffering a massive hack attack, the latest of many? The same Whatsapp which is linked to Facebook? One of the worlds biggest data leeches? The company where the CEO knows EXACTLY whats going on as he sticks tape over the microphone and webcam of his personal laptop??
The same Whatsapp that DTEK on Android has revealed accesses your MICROPHONE to record what you are saying on your phone to it’s own ends???
Meanwhile, no issues over at BBM and BlackBerry. No private photos stolen. No downtime due to a denial of service attack that they failed to prevent. And no history or prospect of them either.
This is NOT difficult. Even criminals get it as their preferred method of encryption is BBM as it’s the ONLY method of Instant Messaging they know no one can hack without a court order. For everything else it’s a free for all, frankly.
Amnesty International. We love your work. We love what you stand for and who you stand up to.
But to say BBM is ‘less secure’ than almost anything else out there?
With these dangerous places many of you move around in I suggest you all download and start using BBM immediately…
Because anything else may be life threatening since everyone else can get their hands on it!