China blocks WhatsApp2017-09-25 16:21 by Daniela
Tags: China, WhatsApp
Users in China report that they're having issues using the Facebook-owned WhatsApp app. It seems that the messaging app has been blocked by the government.
For several months users were unable to send video chats or photos. Security experts also confirm that now even text messages have been blocked.
"Essentially, it seems that what we initially monitored as censorship of WhatsApp's photo, video and voice note sharing capabilities in July has now evolved to what appears to be consistent text messaging blocking and throttling across China," Nadim Kobeissi, an applied cryptographer at Symbolic Software, a Paris-based research startup said.
The blocking of WhatsApp text messages suggests that China's censors may have developed specialized software to interfere with such messages, which rely on an encryption technology that is used by few services other than WhatsApp, Kobeissi suggests.
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