WhatsApp messaging application has recently joined the growing list of blocked services by the great firewall of China. The Facebook-owned application has encountered brief interruptions to network with consumers having problems sending pictures or videos in the course of recent months. In the light of all these rising issues, Security Specialists affirmed today that the Chinese government has finally blocked the application hindering even instant messages from being passed across.
The elevated restriction falls around the same period as the coming nineteenth National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party
WhatsApp may have been an objective on the grounds that the application offers end-to-end encryption, which keeps clients’ messages private, unlike other local applications that allow the government have total access and control over user’s personal information.
A cryptographer at Symoblic Software – a firm based in Paris that performs digital restriction in China, Nadim Kobeissi made this revelation. He disclosed to the press that their first restriction observation on the messenger app, WhatsApp has advanced to what seems to be a constant message restriction all over China.
Kobeissi also discovered that China might have as of late, redesigned their firewall to recognize and obstruct the NoiseSocket convention that WhatsApp utilizes to pass across messages as an extra measure to hinder the HTTPS/TLS which is used by WhatsApp to send pictures and recordings. He stated the reason for this new development to be the aftermath of this newly adopted protocol which the great firewall of China took time to adapt, affirming that his organization saw the application disturbances as far back as last Wednesday.
The restriction of the messaging app is a hit to Facebook, which has been blocked in China since 2009. Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive in recent times has been coining up ways to re-establish a presence in the China market and this is a major setback for the company. On the other hand, this is a boost for its rival WeChat, which currently has over 900 million users.