Video chat backdoor

Actually, that debate overshadowed a key reason why encryption backdoors are a bad idea — eventually, they will be discovered by the wrong people.

In August 2016, Microsoft accidentally leaked the "golden key" to its Secure Boot firmware, effectively allowing criminals to exploit the mistake to load malware onto any Windows device.

"It would be naive to think you can run an independent/secure cryptoapp based in the US," he added.

Durov's comments follow earlier unsubstantiated claims that arch-rival Signal was compromised.

Kik, the chat app that’s hugely popular among teens and young people in North America, is finally adding video chat to its service.

Rather than straight up person-to-person video calls like Apple’s Face Time, Facebook Messenger or the recently introduced Whats App feature, Kik has added a less intrusive video chat option for its 300 million-plus registered users, with support for groups of up to six.

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If the concept for this sounds similar to Houseparty, the video-chat app that achieved a stealthy sort of popularity last year, that’s because it is.

That way, the text conversation can continue during the video, with the option of sharing visual content like stickers, photos or videos during the video session, which is activated by flicking the video icon in the top right corner.

“We really want it to feel like a real face-to-face conversation,” Livingston explained.

They worry that end-to-end encryption in certain applications and on mobile devices lets terrorists and criminals conceal their communications from surveillance.

That argument fails when you consider that even in the absence of backdoors, our online activity leaves extensive digital exhaust, referred to as metadata, which can be used once legally obtained by law enforcement.

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