Hillary Clinton backs encryption commission, but personally prefers Snowden-approved Signal: Report

Looks like Hillary Clinton hasn’t made up her mind which side to take when it comes to encryption. On one hand, she backs the encryption commission supporting government backdoors to data; and on the other, she has been reportedly urging her staff to use the 'Snowden-approved' Signal app.

According to a report by VanityFair, Clinton campaign is using the Signal as an email was sent to all staffers on how to download and install it. They were reportedly told that any disparaging conversation about Donald Trump shouldn't be over email or messaging, but rather use the app called Signal.

Signal is considered to be the most solid app when it comes to encryption with no golden key or any form other form to break into it. This means, only sender and recipient will be able to view the messages shared. "It’s received the highest praise from computer security experts for its strength against hackers and the minimal amount of extraneous data that is leaked. As far as we know, law enforcement has no way of cracking messages encrypted using the Signal encryption protocol," points out Gizmodo.

This news makes sense, especially considering the DNC leak. Russian Intelligence services were believed to have hacked into DNC computers. Social networking giant Facebook was known to have blocked links to more than 19,000 leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that Wikileaks released, offering a glimpse of the split between the DNC and former presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders, according to some reports.

Earlier this year, Apple was also known to have hired Signal’s developer. And after the Apple-FBI standoff, WhatsApp also announced end-to-end encryption.


Published Date: Aug 29, 2016 09:23 am | Updated Date: Aug 29, 2016 09:23 am