In a recent official statement, a UN spokesperson said: “The UN does not consider WhatsApp a secure
mechanism”. To this end, the UN has since June 2019 barred its officials from using the messaging app
(for official communications) due to security concerns. However, what is the reason for this? Recall that
after the hacking of Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos’ phone, there have been
accusations here and there. UN experts believe that Saudi Arabia’s prince for the hacking of billionaire’s
smartphone. According to forensic evidence from FTI Consulting, Bezos’ iPhone was compromised after oneof Saudi’s crown prince sent a malicious video via WhatsApp.
UN BANS ITS SENIOR OFFICIALS FROM USING WHATSAPP FOR OFFICIALM COMMUNICATION
According to a UN spokesperson, Farhan Haq “Every senior UN official has been instructed to refrain
from using WhatsApp for official communication since it is not a secure medium. So, I do not think the
Secretary-General uses it”. In addition, he revealed that the instruction dates back to June last year.
However, the messaging app insists that it’s 1.5 billion users enjoys industry-leading security. Carl Woog,
WhatsApp’s Director of Communications said “Every private message is secured via end-to-end
encryption to prevent WhatsApp or unwanted third-party sources from viewing messages. Our encryption
technology, developed together with Signal remains the best to date and is highly regarded by security
In all of these, there are a couple of professionals who believes that WhatsApp takes security seriously.
Oded Vanunu, the owner of Checkpoint which regularly finds flaws in messaging apps said “ WhatsApp
is taking security very seriously compared to others…Every application has vulnerabilities you can exploit
in some way…Other instant messaging companies can dream of their kind of security procedures,” he
said. While there are incessant threats to messaging apps, Mr. Vanunu believes that WhatsApp is
particularly good at fixing them.
- Adelowo Temiloluwa