John McAfee reportedly tried to convince reporters that he has hacked into WhatsApp encryption. Image Credit: LaTimes
John McAfee reportedly tried to convince reporters that he has hacked into WhatsApp encryption. Image Credit: LaTimes

McAfee founder and anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee reportedly tried to convince reporters that he has hacked into WhatsApp encryption. According to a report in Gizmodo, “To do this, he attempted to send them phones with preinstalled malware and then convince them he was reading their encrypted conversations.”

In April this year, WhatsApp added end-to-end encryption to all of its messages. End-to-end encryption means that only a message’s sender and recipient can read messages, stopping them from being intercepted on their journey.

McAfee tried to show that he has been able to crack the WhatsApp code due to some security flaw in Google ‘s mobile platform.

Incidentally, this is not the first time that McAfee has made such claims. In February this year, McAfee claimed that he can hack San Bernardino attacker Syed Farook’s iPhone for FBI. He later admitted that he just made the claim to garner public attention.

[TimesofIndia]