Amazon buys encrypted messaging app Wickr used by government agencies 

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Amazon now has a messaging app of its own. The tech giant’s AWS has acquired Wickr, the secure messaging app founded in 2012. The Signal-like encrypted messaging services were primarily used by the government agencies in the United States. Amazon, however, has not revealed the value of the deal.

“We’re excited to share that AWS has acquired Wickr, an innovative company that has developed the industry’s most secure, end-to-end encrypted, communication technology. With Wickr, customers and partners benefit from advanced security features not available with traditional communications services across messaging, voice and video calling, file sharing, and collaboration. This gives security-conscious enterprises and government agencies the ability to implement important governance and security controls to help them meet their compliance requirements,” Amazon said in a blog post.

Wickr is primarily designed for government agencies, military,…

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