WhatsApp may be banned in India based on a Suit, Supreme Court will decide after thorough investigation.
Sudheer Yadav, a Haryani RTI activist filed a suit against WhatsApp for upgrading to 256-bit encryption.
This encryption is a threat to national security as the end-to-end encryption is impossible to intercept.
That means it will give an open platform for anti-social elements to use messaging for devious motives.
Seeking immediate ban on Whatsapp in India, Sudheer opined that any terrorist can safely chat on WhatsApp and may plan sabotage. Even the intelligence agencies would not trace the conversations to counter the devious plans. Take for example, recently ISIS goons idea to plant beef in Bhagyalakshmi temple around charminar in Hyderabad, to instigate communal riots during holy Ramzan busted by NATIONAL INVESTIGATION AGENCY. Had such de-coding medium wasn’t there, there would have been a mass chaos.
The suit read that to decrypt a single 256-bit encrypted message on WhatsApp, one would need 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 like enormous key combinations, and would take decades to decrypt.
With such mammoth numbers even WhatsApp would fail to break, in dearth of decryption keys to decode the message as the keys are auto-generated by the computer and are impossible to guess.
Not only WhatsApp, Apps like Hike, Secure Chat, Viber and others too use highly secured encryption and thus compound a threat to national security, the suit read.
The petitioner told the media reporters that he addressed several letters to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Ministry of Communications and IT prior filing the suit, but received no response.
The Supreme Court heard the public interest litigation (PIL) petition on June 29, and we are yet to get the outcome of the status.