Swiss Army Bans Soldiers On Duty From Using Foreign Communication Software Such As WhatsApp


The Swiss army intends to prohibit soldiers from using foreign instant messaging software such as WhatsApp, and instead use threema, a paid messaging software developed by the country.

According to a report by the Russian Satellite News Agency on January 9, soldiers of the Swiss army are prohibited from using instant messaging software, including WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal while on duty. According to the Russian Satellite News Agency, citing AFP news, in December 2021, the Swiss Army Command has notified the commanders and chiefs of staff of the Swiss Army via email to ensure that soldiers in their troops have stopped using instant messaging software such as WhatsApp. Switch to using the Swiss communication service software Threema.

The Swiss military spokesperson Daniel Reist confirmed the news and said: "The relevant recommendations apply to all people', including those enlisted in the army and those who have returned to the army to participate in the training course'. "

Downloading Threema requires payment of 4 Swiss francs (approximately RMB 27.7), and the Swiss army will bear the download cost. Threema is developed by the Swiss company Threema GmbH. The software does not require a phone number or any other personally identifiable information to use. Users can send text messages, make voice and video calls, and send multimedia, location, voice information and files through the application. . The Threema product server is located in Switzerland. As of May 2021, Threema has 10 million users, and 5,000 companies and organizations use the commercial version of Threema Work.

It is worth noting that WhatsApp has been exposed to security vulnerabilities many times. In 2019, the communication software WhatsApp pointed out that the eavesdropping software under the Israeli private company NSO Group exploited the security vulnerabilities of WhatsApp to carry out data theft of WhatsApp users. In the same year, Major General Farahi of the Iraqi Army used the WhatsApp instant messaging application to send detailed coordinates of several Iraqi military bases to the CIA agents. As a result, the communication records between the major general and the CIA agents were intercepted by an Iraqi Shia militia. And announced.