Amazon is the latest to jump on the secure message train. Motherboard reports that Amazon has acquired Wickr, better known as the secure chat platform used by Democrats after the DNC 2016 hack. The internet giant sees it as a complement to Amazon Web Services which provides businesses and governments with a simple solution for remote work conversations, including video and voice.
AWS offers Wickr’s “effective immediately” services and existing Wickr customers should not expect a change.
The move is a big deal for AWS. Wickr already counts the military, customs and border protection and other important organizations among its customers. It could help Amazon compensate lose the JEDI contract and otherwise give it an advantage when negotiating government agreements. If an agency already has an Amazon license through Wickr, they may be more willing to purchase other services.
However, it also opens up possibilities for everyday uses. Secure messaging is already thriving in the consumer world between platforms like WhatsApp, iMessage, Signal, and Telegram. The purchase from Wickr is far from a guarantee that Amazon will offer a direct competitor to these chat services (Amazon has said nothing to this effect), but the company could enter the space with relatively little money. job.
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