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Amazon acquires encrypted messaging app Wickr

Wickr, a secure messaging software created in 2012, has been acquired by Amazon, according to the business. The deal’s terms were kept under wraps.

Amazon Web Services vice president Stephen Schmidt stated, “We’re happy to reveal that AWS has acquired Wickr, an innovative business that has invented the industry’s most secure, end-to-end encrypted communication solution.” Schmidt added that Wickr’s features give “security-conscious¬†enterprises and government agencies the ability to implement important governance and security controls to help them meet their compliance requirements,” a nod to the company’s ever-deepening relationships with the military and Washington in general. Schmidt himself has a background in this space: his LinkedIn profile notes he spen

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Wickr’s app, like Signal, has been popular with journalists and whistleblowers; it’s also been a go-to for criminals, according to Motherboard. It’s unclear whether the app’s popularity among free users will be affected by its proximity to the digital behemoth.

Wickr, a secure messaging software created in 2012, has been acquired by Amazon, according to the business. The deal’s terms were kept under wraps.

Amazon Web Services vice president Stephen Schmidt stated, “We’re happy to reveal that AWS has acquired Wickr, an innovative business that has invented the industry’s most secure, end-to-end encrypted communication solution.” Schmidt added that Wickr’s features give “security-conscious¬†enterprises and government agencies the ability to implement important governance and security controls to help them meet their compliance requirements,” a nod to the company’s ever-deepening relationships with the military and Washington in general. Schmidt himself has a background in this space: his LinkedIn profile notes he spen

Wickr’s app, like Signal, has been popular with journalists and whistleblowers; it’s also been a go-to for criminals, according to Motherboard. It’s unclear whether the app’s popularity among free users will be affected by its proximity to the digital behemoth.

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