Snapchat Proved E2EE is a Joke: The Aditya Verma Case

Adarsh gupta
2 min readJan 28, 2024


The Incident: A Joke Gone Wrong

Imagine you’re Aditya Verma, a typical college student studying economics in the UK. You’re off to Menorca with friends for what should be an epic trip. But here’s the twist — a Snapchat message you send in jest lands you in hot water.

A joke about being a member of the Taliban and blowing up a plane? Not your best idea, Aditya.

The Shocking Interception

Here’s where things get spicy. You’d think that Snapchat, boasting its E2EE, would keep your ill-advised joke under wraps, right? Wrong. The airport’s Wi-Fi network somehow intercepts this message. And boom — UK security services are on it faster than you can say “Snapchat”.

The Big Question: What Happened to E2EE?

So, here’s the million-dollar question:

How did a supposedly encrypted message get intercepted?

Isn’t E2EE supposed to be the digital equivalent of a Fort Knox for your messages? If Snapchat’s E2EE was as rock-solid as claimed, Aditya’s message should have been as readable as ancient hieroglyphs without the Rosetta Stone.

What’s E2EE Anyway?

Think of E2EE as a digital armored truck for your messages. Theoretically, it’s like sending a sealed letter; only the sender and the recipient can peek inside.

If you’re sending credit card details to your girlfriend, you’d think no eavesdropper could see it, right? That’s E2EE — a promise of total privacy in a digital envelope.

Let’s nerd out a bit. E2EE is all about keys — a public key for locking (encrypting) the message and a private key for unlocking (decrypting) it. It’s supposed to be a foolproof system.

You send a message, locked with a key only your recipient can unlock. Simple, yet supposedly unbreakable.

But, What If…

Imagine you’re sending a super-secret message, but along the way, someone swaps out the envelope. Or worse, what if there’s a backdoor that lets someone peek at your messages? Not so secure now, is it? And with quantum computers on the horizon, this encryption might as well be tissue paper.

The Bottom Line: Is Privacy Just a Myth?

So, here we are, thinking we’re all James Bonds with our encrypted messages, but maybe we’re just sitting ducks. The truth is, while E2EE does its part in securing messages in transit, it’s not a magic shield. And as Aditya’s story shows, it’s not foolproof.

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