Israeli-based Viber adds ‘secure’ end-to-end encryption to chats
CEO Michael Shmilov announced the news in a blogpost Tuesday.
The end-to-end encryption (E2E) will be rolled out over the next two weeks with an encryption key for each individual device.
Your security is our top priority. Viber now features full end-to-end encryption! Learn all about it here https://t.co/WzBelK22wE— Viber (@Viber) April 19, 2016
They say messages between encrypted devices will not be visible to the Internet Service Provider or Viber, supposedly protecting them from any court orders to reveal communications between devices.
Two Belarusian friends from the Israeli Defence Forces started the company just five years ago and sold it to the Japanese firm Rakuten for US$900 million in 2014.
Govt of Pakistan bans its ministries and officials from using Viber - on the grounds that it was developed by Israelis and used by the IDF— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) March 19, 2015
The app on this ISIS smuggler's phone is Viber. It was created by two friends from the IDF in Israel. Weird world: https://t.co/oyVYVaDkff— Brian Ries (@moneyries) January 20, 2015
WhatsApp, which has more than one billion monthly active users, released E2E encryption after Apple’s battle with the FBI over a San Bernardino suspect’s iPhone.
A “third-party” company, which “expert” sources cited by Ynetnews say is the Israeli company Cellebrite, eventually aided the FBI by creating decryption software for the device.
The code reportedly doesn’t work in newer devices including the iPhone 5s and 6.
An encryption bill described as “ludicrous, dangerous, and technically illiterate” by Kevin Bankston, director of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, is currently being discussed in Congress that would mandate any US companies who receive a court order to provide a decryption key.
Opinion: Burr-Feinstein antiencryption bill a firing offense https://t.co/RszYtFlwWz— CS Monitor (@csmonitor) April 20, 2016
Viber’s new encryption software was developed in-house using an open-source protocol concept and the company warns data will be accessible to anyone with access to the device whether physically or through hacking.
The company also introduced Hidden Chats, allowing users to hide selected chats from the main screen, so anyone else using their device will be unaware they exist.
Viber claim this is required for families who share devices and “have personal chats while at work or plan surprises for loved ones.”
I'm gonna make a messaging app for people having affairs and call it "Sidekik".— Matt Brennan (@orcodstra) January 17, 2016
They maybe loyal to you on Facebook but they be cheating on your via viber.— ★ HєєzY ★ (@HeezyMaanJnr) September 30, 2015