WhatsApp Encryption Targeted by UK Following Attack in London

On Sunday, the government of Britain said that security services need to gain access to the different encrypted messaging apps like WhatsApp as it released information that WhatsApp was used by the person who was behind the attack near parliament last week.

Khalid Masood, a Briton, killed four people during a rampage on Wednesday in Westminster, before he was shot and killed. He reportedly used WhatsApp a few minutes prior to his attack.

Amber Rudd the Home Secretary called it completely unnecessary that law enforcement as well as security services was not able to crack the encrypted service.

Rudd added that you cannot have terrorists speaking to one another and then it is not able to be accessed.

On Saturday, police said they did not know why Masood, a converted Muslim, with a violent past, attacked and that he was likely acting alone, despite claims by Islamic State of responsibility.

Rudd said that there should not be any place for terrorists to be hidden. We need to ensure that organizations such as WhatsApp, and plenty more like it, do not provide a sanctuary for terrorists to speak to one another.

She added that encryption from end to end was important for cyber security, to ensure banking, business and other types of transactions are safe, but insisted it had to be accessible as well.

A system is needed, added Rudd, where it can be built so that there is access to it when necessary for incidences such as last week.

Rudd said as of now she does not have intentions of forcing the industry’s hand with legislation, but would meet on Thursday with key players to talk about the issue.

WhatsApp announced that it was working with authorities in Britain investigating the attack last week, but did not say if it would change policy on its encrypted messaging.

Authorities in the U.S. in 2016 fought a battle in court with Apple in an attempt to force it to unlock one of its smartphones that a shooter had used during an attack in California.

The experts of the FBI on their own were able to break into the electronic device.

Social media platforms come under constant pressure over content that is extreme that is being posted on their different sites.

Germany earlier in March proposed placing fines on the social networks like Facebook if they do not remove the hate speech.

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