Ban WhatsApp, says Supreme Court

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Can popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Viber be banned, citing security encryption?Supreme Court is having a hearing on a petition seeking ban on WhatsApp on the ground that the messaging platform’s end-to-end encryption gives terrorists a means of communication that is impossible to intercept.The petition is filed by Sudhir Yadav, a Haryana-based Right-to-Information (RTI) activist and said that WhatsApp has from April started to enable its every message with 256-bit encryption that cannot be broken into.Seeking a ban on WhatsApp in India, Yadav said any terrorist or criminal can safely chat on WhatsApp and make plans to harm the country and the Indian intelligence agencies would not be able to tap into their conversations to take necessary actions.The petition said that in order to decrypt any message on WhatsApp, one would need a whopping 115, 792, 089, 237, 316, 195, 423, 570, 985, 008, 687, 907, 853, 269, 984, 665, 640, 564, 039, 457, 584, 007, 913, 129, 639, 935 key combinations, which is almost impossible for even a super computer.Decrypting a single 256-bit encrypted message would take hundreds of years, Yadav said.

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