“These techniques permit the CIA to bypass the encryption of Whats App, Signal, Telegram, Wiebo, Confide and Cloackman by hacking the ‘smart’ phones that they run on and collecting audio and message traffic before encryption is applied,” reads a release detailing the claim.
Viber introduced end-to-end encryption – which also applies to Secret Chats – last year, but the company clearly believes the new self-destruct feature goes a step further.
“Having a messaging app that connects you to the people you care about is great – unless you feel like you can’t talk about everything you want,” reads the Viber blog post announcing Secret Chats.
“Our goal is to continue to bring you features that will enable you to communicate without limitation and without hesitation.” , including Whats App, by hacking phones directly.
Secret Chats allows users to hold two simultaneous conversations with the same contact, with the protected conversation marked with a lock symbol.