The encrypted messaging app Wickr, which was created in 2012, was acquired by Amazon. This was announced today, the terms of the deal were not disclosed. Amazon Web Servicer VP Stephen Schmidt said Wickr has developed the industry’s most secure end-to-end encrypted communication technology.
Schmidt noted that the acquisition of Wickr will help Amazon implement important security measures that will meet the demands of businesses and government agencies, clearly in view of Amazon’s deepening relationship with the US military. Schmidt himself knows firsthand the requirements of such clients. He himself worked for the FBI for ten years.
The Wickr app, like the Signal messenger, is used by influencers, journalists, and criminals due to its high level of privacy. Schmidt said current Wickr users will not see any changes to the service for now. Amazon will start offering Wickr services immediately.
The head of Amazon Web Services points out that the acquisition of the messenger is largely due to Amazon’s desire to ensure the safety of users and the need to maintain data confidentiality in a remote environment.