Lon­don at­tack:

Par­lia­ment at­tacker had used What­sApp

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Robert Hut­ton and Giles Turner

The United King­dom wants on­line com­pa­nies to be more co­op­er­a­tive in ac­cess­ing in­for­ma­tion and more ag­gres­sive in shut­ting down sites ex­ploited by ter­ror­ists.

lon­don» U.K. Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd said Face­book Inc.’s What­sApp mes­sag­ing sys­tem should open its en­cryp­tion to se­cu­rity ser­vices and urged on­line com­pa­nies to be more ag­gres­sive in shut­ting down sites ex­ploited by ter­ror­ists.

Af­ter news­pa­pers dis­closed that Khalid Ma­sood, who killed four peo­ple in Lon­don last week, had used What­sApp shortly be­fore he be­gan his at­tack, Rudd iden­ti­fied the com­pany as need­ing to do more to help fight ter­ror­ism.

“It’s com­pletely un­ac­cept­able” that mes­sages can’t be opened, Rudd told the BBC’s “An­drew Marr Show” on Sun­day.

“We need to make sure that our in­tel­li­gence ser­vices have the abil­ity to get into en­crypted ser­vices like What­sApp.”

Since the at­tack, gov­ern­ment min­is­ters have be­rated on­line com­pa­nies for tak­ing in­ad­e­quate steps to stop the spread of hate mes­sages.

Writ­ing in the Sun­day Tele­graph, Rudd said the in­ter­net is “serv­ing as a con­duit, in­cit­ing and in­spir­ing vi­o­lence, and spread­ing ex­trem­ist ide­ol­ogy.” For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son told the Sun­day Times that “they need to stop just mak­ing money out of pruri­ent vi­o­lent ma­te­rial.”

Rudd said she has asked ex­ec­u­tives from the in­ter­net com­pa­nies to a meet­ing this week.

“They’re go­ing to get a lot more than a tick­ing off,” Rudd said on Sky’s “So­phy Ridge on Sun­day” pro­gram.

Face­book bought What­sApp for $22 bil­lion in 2014. A spokesper­son for What­sApp said, “We are hor­ri­fied by the at­tack car­ried out in Lon­don ear­lier this week and are co­op­er­at­ing with law en­force­ment as they con­tinue their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.”

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