Noted American computer programmer and creator of the first commercial anti-virus program, John McAfee claimed that he and his team were able to read encrypted messages from WhatsApp after exploiting a supposed flaw in the Android operating system.

John McAfee. Pic/AFP
John McAfee. Pic/AFP

Investigations made by a reputed online technology website following McAfee's claims found that the had made the hack work by sending malware-infected phones to reporters.

John McAfee explained that the whole point of this exercise was to expose a serious flaw in the Android architecture. He accepted that the phones had malware on them but that how they got there is the story and added that his team would release further information after consulting with Google.

John McAfee's computer security software company McAfee, Inc, has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel since February 2011 and now forms part of its Intel Security division. Intel confirmed in 2014 that it planned to drop the McAfee brand.


WhatsApp rolled out end-to-end encryption to its users in April this year. Announcing the development in a blog post, WhatsApp founder Jan Koum said the latest version of the app will encrypt every call, message, photo, video, file and voice message that is sent on the platform by default, including group chats.

"No one can see inside that message. Not cyber criminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us. End-to-end encryption helps make communication via WhatsApp private, sort of like a face-to-face conversation," he said.