The French, and many other users around the world, were surprised this Tuesday morning when it was impossible for some to use WhatsApp. Around 9 a.m., the social network that belongs to Meta suffered a global outage, depriving its users of their access. If some managed to access their account and enter a discussion, it was however impossible to send messages. Since the reel of the “connection” was spinning indefinitely.
It was not until 10:50 a.m. that the messaging service became functional again. While Meta has made it known as a global outage, many are wondering if the app was, in fact, not the victim of a cyberattack. A subject that Guillaume Genton rightly evoked in the Morning Without Filter this Wednesday, October 26 when he invited a cybersecurity expert on his show.
“We are entitled to ask ourselves the question”
“Who is responsible for this? Is it a bug or someone hacked WhatsApp?”first asked the one who also officiates on TPMP. “We can draw three kinds of hypotheses from this. We can either believe what WhatsApp says and think that it is a simple bug and failure. Or in the context of the war we are in, we can also think…”the expert in question being then cut by Fabien Delettres: “It’s the Russians, it’s a cyberattack! It’s Putin“.
A statement not really denied by the expert. “We are entitled to ask ourselves the question”he acknowledges before specifying: “In our community, we know very well that WhatsApp is often used by Americans for espionage. Did they get busted? That’s a bit of the term. Is it just a interference of a Russian-speaking state to destabilize the West? Knowing that our Russian friends and consorts use them Signal“.
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