Turkish coup used unbreakable encryption

Turkish coup used unbreakable encryption
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The faction behind the Turkish coup attempt used encrypted chats on WhatsApp to coordinate their actions, Turkish media reported. 

The chats included repeat calls to fire on the public, says the Turkish news source Anadolu Agency.


"Do not let them approach. Open fire," says one message obtained by Anadolu Agency. 

"I am opening fire at crowds and waiting. Use this in a restrained fashion. 10–15 people are dead. Do not lose initiative,“ reads another. 

WhatsApp has caused controversy across the world as an end-to-end encrypted chat system, meaning the only people who can break the encryption are the users at either end of the conversation. That means WhatsApp can prevent law enforcement from reading messages in transit even with a warrant. 

In Brazil, a Facebook executive was jailed and bank accounts seized when the social media network — which owns WhatsApp — was unable to decrypt messages for law enforcement thought to be useful in a drug trafficking case. It would have been technically impossible for Facebook comply. 

In the United States, John McCainJohn Sidney McCainDem gains put Sunbelt in play for 2020 Trump set to have close ally Graham in powerful chairmanship Cindy McCain takes aim at Trump: We need a strong leader, 'not a negative Nancy' MORE said of Congress's inaction on the issue of unbreakable encryption used by criminals and terrorists “We are furthering the cause of child pornographers and human traffickers.” 

Turkey has claimed the cleric Fethullah Gülen, who is in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, was behind the coup and has called for his extradition.