Social networks, 17.11.2022, 11:30 AM
Twitter is working on adding end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for direct messages (DMs) that will help protect users’ private communications on the platform.
The introduction of E2EE was planned by Twitter as early as 2018 as “Secret Conversation”.but that project was abandoned in the meantime.
She noticed that the introduction of E2EE for DMs on Twitter is being prepared blogger Jane Wongwhich found new additions to Twitter’s Android source code that mention “encryption keys.”
Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, responded to Wong’s tweets with a smiley face hinting that the feature may indeed be in development.
E2EE means that the sender’s message is turned into unreadable encrypted text and remains in this state while in transit, so that no one, including ISPs, hackers, and even Twitter itself, can read the contents of the message, which is only decrypted on the device recipient.
In July 2020, Twitter suffered one of the largest cyber-attacks in its history, during which 130 accounts of numerous celebrities and companies were hacked, including Bill Gates, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Elon Musk, as well as the Apple account. On that occasion, thanks to the lack of E2E encryption, hackers were able to read private messages from 36 hacked accounts.