‚Trying to suffocate encryption is a waste of time,‘ says messenger security chief Status

Cryptography is not a scarce resource like nuclear energy, the proliferation of which can be eliminated.

Corey Petty, head of messenger status security, told the Cointelegraph that he believes there is no way to unite end-to-end encryption with the kind of backdoor access the authorities want. He also believes that any prohibitive or restrictive measures will be unsuccessful, as encryption is an abundant and readily available resource, unlike nuclear power:

„If you take nuclear control around the world as an example here, and as this has been successful in preventing us from destroying ourselves, we have been able to do this because the development of nuclear weapons is very difficult and depends on advanced chemistry with limited use, scarce resources on the globe. You can control this kind of thing“.

He acknowledged that governments might be able to impose their desired policies against a centralized company within a specific jurisdiction, but he said:

„That still won’t stop people motivated to do bad things from creating their own means based on open source standard technology.“

Petty said that the Status has been trying to organise itself in a way that is resistant to government pressure. Its ultimate goal is to continue the development of the project without the need for a core team.

From a technological perspective, the Status is generally seen as a decentralised protocol. Even so, it still relies on oligopolies like BitQT, Google and Apple to reach its end users and, as we saw recently with Huawei, TikTok and WeChat, the US government can put pressure on these companies to support its political agenda. The amount of power these giants exude has led Telegram to file an antitrust suit against Apple’s App Store in the EU.

Petty acknowledged that decentralized applications remain vulnerable to these corporate restrictions, but said the project is „actively seeking alternative means of software distribution. A beta version of the Desktop Status application was recently released for all major operating systems. Petty revealed that Status is also working on its own app store. He said he hopes to have a proof of concept, or POC, for this project available by the end of the year:

„We will have a POC, probably by the end of the year, for rudimentary distribution of applications for some of our services, such as the desktop and Android mobile app, which will lay the groundwork for a larger distribution of the Status app shop and potentially other larger distributed applications that like to enter our platform. ”