The tech company Nothing has announced that it will be removing its new messaging app, Nothing Chats, from the Google app store. The move comes after several bugs related to Sunbird technology were discovered that could result in security and privacy breaches.
Only a day after the release of Nothing Chats, the beta version was removed from the Play Store in order to work with Sunbird on fixing the issues. The launch date has been delayed until further notice as the manufacturer apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this delay and assures users that they are working to do what is right for them.
Sunbird’s architecture uses a system that sends messages to other users without storing them at any point during their journey. This ensures that chat messages are only stored on the device and end-to-end encrypted, making it impossible for Sunbird or Nothing to access the content sent in Nothing Chats. However, some users and cybersecurity experts have raised concerns about privacy and security, claiming that Sunbird’s technology does not encrypt messages end-to-end.
For example, developer Dylan Roussel has criticized Sunbird, stating that they have access to all messages sent and received through the app and that all documents sent are “public”. This is because Sunbird decrypts messages sent by users and sends them over an insecure connection to a cloud server where they are stored in an unencrypted format. Roussel has even warned that if a cybercriminal manages to register and access this database, they could also have access to all messages and files sent by users of Nothing Chats.