Amazon’s cloud services giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) has acquired Wickr, the encrypted messaging app founded in 2012.
The company announced this in an official social media post that read, “We are 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.”
As per ANI, Stephen Schmidt, Amazon Web Services’ vice-president, continued to nod the company’s ever-deepening relationships with the military, and Washington, in general, and said that Wickr’s features give “security-conscious enterprises and government agencies the ability to implement important governance and security controls to help them meet their compliance requirements”.
The Wickr app is an encrypted messaging service used to secure the messaging competitor Signal. It has been popular with journalists and whistleblowers.
An ANI report said that through this move, it is unclear if the proximity to the tech monolith will impact the app’s popularity for free users.
Schmidt indicated that the acquisition was at least partially influenced by the need to preserve information security while working remotely.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed but Schmidt concluded by adding that AWS will be offering Wickr services effective immediately and the current Wickr users would not see significant changes for the time being.