In Kuwait at least, the Kuwaitis had long last relationship could be described as win-win affordable peaceful communication services with WhatsApp Messenger, it is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. Available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia, besides those phones can all message each other uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.
Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg will take a victory lap at the world’s largest mobile technology conference in Barcelona on March 3rd, after beating out Google Inc in a $19 billion acquisition of free messaging service WhatsApp. But he is facing a new arduous race on the horizon.
The Facebook deal for WhatsApp drew attention for its whopping price tag, but has also brought out fresh criticism over security for the billions of messages delivered on the platform. Yet security researchers and others point out that there may be vulnerabilities in the system used by some 450 million people globally. Paul Jauregui at the security firm Praetorian said in a blog post Thursday that WhatsApp security and encryption are not ideal, citing vulnerabilities in the way it handles SSL, the secure socket layer protocol for communications. The group’s mobile security test “picked up on several SSL-related security issues affecting the confidentiality of WhatsApp user data that passes in transit to back-end servers,” Jauregui said. “This is the kind of stuff the NSA (National Security Agency) would love. It basically allows them — or an attacker — to man-in-the-middle the connection and then downgrade the encryption so they can break it and sniff the traffic.
It seems at least in Kuwait that not everyone was delighted by Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of the popular messaging service WhatsApp, with the news sparking a wave of defections to the competitor Telegram service.
The Telegram app already seems to be picking up a load of thousands new users in GCC countries and dumping WhatsApp.