WhatsApp ordered to secretly track its users in China by US government agents

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WhatsApp users are secretly tracked by US government agencies who want to keep an eye on their interlocutors.

A Forbes A report shows that a newly available government surveillance app has seen DEA investigators demand that the Meta-owned encrypted messaging app track seven users in China and Macau.

Officers reportedly attempted to obtain information about drug traffickers and companies in China that allegedly shipped opioids to the United States.

Using a 35-year-old law, the agency asked WhatsApp to monitor users’ IP addresses as well as the phone numbers they communicated with.



WhatsApp reportedly ordered to keep tabs on 7 users in China

As WhatsApp offers full end-to-end encryption, this meant that the agents were unable to access the targets’ messages.

Apparently they didn’t even know who the individuals were. However, they were able to use a technology called “pen register” which captures phone numbers dialed on a phone.

Forbes said the DEA was trying to target websites and WhatsApp users sending drugs to the United States as “research” chemicals.

This includes Diazepam, Valium, Xanax, etc., which were shipped discreetly to the United States.



Individuals in China allegedly sold drugs to the United States
Individuals in China allegedly sold drugs to the United States

While this doesn’t prove the government is capable of reading your WhatsApp messages (which is nearly impossible), it does show how far they can go to keep an eye on your communications.

More concerning is the fact that the DEA is able to order tech companies to install these trackers without needing to justify why, or show probable cause.

WhatsApp continually assures its users that no one can see their messages, but that doesn’t prevent key metadata (like who you’re talking to or what time) from exiting the app.

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