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This app was sold as a safe alternative to WhatsApp or Signal but it has ended up being a huge fiasco

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The security protocol of one of the most secure messaging apps has been broken by a group of researchers, once again showing that the concept of absolute security is a chimera.

This app was sold as a safe alternative to WhatsApp or Signal but it has ended up being a huge fiasco
Threema was touted as the world’s most secure messaging app.

Courier clients there are plenty: LINE, WeChat, Kik, KakaoTalk, Telegram or WhatsApp are just a few examples of the many that can be found. Now, there are not so many secure protocols that could really be considered as such.

Telegram has been encrypting everything for a long time, and quite well. The same as signalwhich became famous for being the platform worn by Edward Snowden for communicating. However, there was one app that sold its security so high that even an army was forced to use it. Even above the aforementioned Signal. We refer to Threema which, according to recent events, is not as impenetrable as it seems.

No, Threema does not have unbreakable security

Just like report from Gizmodolast year a computer science student from Zurich and his two academic tutors discovered security issues in Threema’s code. Not only did they discover them, but they managed to knock down the defense protocols.

Once the feat was accomplished, both the student and his tutors sent Threema their findings. Those responsible for the app were able patch vulnerabilities without making a big fussbut it has not been until recently that the firm has allowed them publish your research.

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The Threema interface on an Android mobile

The document details different methods to sneak under the supposed protection wall that has this app. If Threema has boasted of anything, it is to have “maximum security” and to be above even Signal.

However, according to the source, the discovery of these vulnerabilities can be bad news for users. Threema has 10 million regular users, including thousands of corporate users and a significant number of “high profile users”. Among these, precisely, are the Swiss government and army, as well as the current German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Since Threema, as reported, iron has been removed from the matter. According to a company spokeswoman none of the vulnerabilities presented to them could have a significant or considerable impact. They even say that they have given 10,000 Swiss francs as a reward to the researchers, assuring that their new protocol is “ultimate in security” and that it has been developed jointly with a cryptographer external to the company.

There is no evidence that these methods have been used to decrypt data or intercept Threema conversations. However, it is a good reminder that the concept of absolute security does not exist; that everything is susceptible to being broken or hacked.

To date, Signal, Threema’s main competitor, is not known to have had any problems of this nature. However, That doesn’t mean you can’t have them. in the future. It may not be likely that your security can’t be broken easily, but there’s always a chance of it (however remote).

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