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Amazon acquires encrypted messaging app Wickr
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Amazon acquires encrypted messaging app Wickr

Wickr, the encrypted messaging app based in 2012, has been bought by Amazon, the corporate announced today. The phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed.

“We’re excited to share that AWS has acquired Wickr, an progressive firm that has developed the trade’s most safe, end-to-end encrypted, communication know-how,” Stephen Schmidt, Amazon Net Providers’ vice chairman, wrote. With a nod to the corporate’s ever-deepening relationships with the army, and Washington usually, Schmidt added that Wickr’s options give “safety acutely aware enterprises and authorities companies the power to implement necessary governance and safety controls to assist them meet their compliance necessities.” Schmidt himself has a background on this house: his LinkedIn profile notes he spent a decade on the FBI.

Wickr’s app — like safe messaging competitor Sign — has been fashionable with journalists and whistleblowers; it is also been a go-to for criminals, Motherboard notes. It’s unclear if the proximity to the tech monolith will impression the app’s reputation at no cost customers.

In Amazon’s case, Schmidt signifies the acquisition was no less than partially influenced by the necessity to protect data safety whereas working remotely. “With the transfer to hybrid work environments, due partly to the COVID-19 pandemic, enterprises and authorities companies have a rising want to guard their communications,” he wrote.

Schmidt says AWS can be providing Wickr providers efficient instantly. Present Wickr customers shouldn’t see vital adjustments in the meanwhile.

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