Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

On Signal, a Florida-based militia group said on Monday that it was organizing its chats in small, city-by-city groups limited to a few dozen people each, according to messages seen by The New York Times.

The Crypto-Keepers

The Crypto-Keepers

“Right away they started asking about Telegram, which made me worry,” says Durov, explaining that it didn’t take long for his early-morning visitors to get to the point: the FBI wanted to set up some kind of informal backchannel process that would enable Telegram to hand over data on particular users in the event of a terrorist threat; they even came prepared with official-looking documents in hand.

Telegram feature exposes your precise address to hackers

Telegram feature exposes your precise address to hackers

Advertisement A proof-of-concept video the researcher sent to Telegram showed how he could discern the address of a People Nearby user when he used a free GPS spoofing app to make his phone report just three different locations.

Meet Hyper, The World's First Completely Private, Decentralized Instant Messenger

Meet Hyper, The World's First Completely Private, Decentralized Instant Messenger

Elastos, a decentralized internet platform built with the security of Bitcoin's hashpower, today launched the world's first completely private, decentralized messaging app on its network, Hyper IM.The Hyper team said that the app will soon be available on desktop (like WhatsApp web and Telegram), and that file transfer functions for non-text messages.

Iranian RANA Android Malware Also Spies On Instant Messengers

Iranian RANA Android Malware Also Spies On Instant Messengers

Formally linking the operations of APT39 to Rana, the FBI detailed eight separate and distinct sets of previously undisclosed malware used by the group to conduct their computer intrusion and reconnaissance activities, including an Android spyware app called "" with information-stealing and remote access capabilities.

Italian authorities are investigating deepfake bots on Telegram

Italian authorities are investigating deepfake bots on Telegram

The Italian Data Protection Authority has started an investigation into the widespread use of bots that generate fake nude images on messaging app Telegram.The bots can generate fake nudes that have watermarks or that show only partial nudity, and users pay to “reveal” the whole image.

TheNewOil : blog piece on 'The War on Telegram" as states ban service

TheNewOil : blog piece on 'The War on Telegram" as states ban service

War has come for the popular encrypted messaging app Telegram, not for the first time and likely not the last.There’s a lot more that goes into making an app hard to centralize, but I think that’s one of the most critical.

Thailand orders ISPs to block Telegram amid ongoing protests

Thailand orders ISPs to block Telegram amid ongoing protests

The government of Thailand has ordered Thai internet service providers (ISPs) to block the Telegram encrypted messaging service.According to this leaked document that is marked “Top Secret”, the Thai government has ordered all internet providers to block the @telegram messaging app.

Apple Tells Secure Messaging App Telegram to Take Down Protestor Channels in Belarus

Apple Tells Secure Messaging App Telegram to Take Down Protestor Channels in Belarus

These channels are a tool for Belarus’ citizens protesting the recently rigged presidential election, but, with a centralized entity like Apple calling the shots on its own App Store, there’s little the protesters can do about it, explains Telegram CEO Pavel Durov.

Iranian Hackers Can Now Beat Encrypted Apps, Researchers Say

Iranian Hackers Can Now Beat Encrypted Apps, Researchers Say

The reports, which were reviewed by The New York Times in advance of their release, say that the hackers have successfully infiltrated what were thought to be secure mobile phones and computers belonging to the targets, overcoming obstacles created by encrypted applications such as Telegram and, according to Miaan, even gaining access to information on WhatsApp. Both are popular messaging tools in Iran.

How WhatsApp, Signal & Co Threaten Privacy

How WhatsApp, Signal & Co Threaten Privacy

When installing a mobile messenger like WhatsApp, new users can instantly start texting existing contacts based on the phone numbers stored on their device.

New Web-Based Credit Card Stealer Uses Telegram Messenger to Exfiltrate Data

New Web-Based Credit Card Stealer Uses Telegram Messenger to Exfiltrate Data

In what's a new tactic adopted by Magecart groups, the encrypted messaging service is being used to send stolen payment details from compromised websites back to the attackers.

Video Calls and Seven Years of Telegram

Video Calls and Seven Years of Telegram

If you're on iOS and would like to try Telegram Video Calls, you'll have to wait until Apple lets you – or switch to a platform that has more respect for its users and developers, like Android.

Darknet forum leaks Telegram database with millions of Russian users’ information

Darknet forum leaks Telegram database with millions of Russian users’ information

A darknet forum has released a database with the telephone numbers and unique identifiers of millions of users of the messaging app Telegram, reports the IT news site .

Russia lifts its ban on the Telegram messenger app

Russia lifts its ban on the Telegram messenger app

A Russian court blocked the app in April 2018, after Telegram refused to share its encryption keys — a means of accessing users’ data — with Roskomnadzor.

Dozens of young women in South Korea were allegedly forced into sexual slavery on an encrypted messaging app

Dozens of young women in South Korea were allegedly forced into sexual slavery on an encrypted messaging app

Cho Joo-bin, a 24-year-old man, hosted online rooms on encrypted messaging app Telegram, where users paid to see young girls perform demeaning sexual acts carried out under coercion, according to South Korean police.

Telegram Founder on WhatsApp Hacks: Backdoors Are Camouflaged as Security Flaws

Telegram Founder on WhatsApp Hacks: Backdoors Are Camouflaged as Security Flaws

Durov says that despite iOS devices having “loads of privacy-related issues,”, WhatsApp is the culprit here, as the corrupt video vulnerability exposes not only iPhones, but also Android and Windows Phone devices.

‘Delete WhatsApp unless you're OK with surveillance,’ founder of rival Telegram messenger warns

‘Delete WhatsApp unless you're OK with surveillance,’ founder of rival Telegram messenger warns

WhatsApp is a “Trojan horse” exploited to snoop on millions of users naive enough to believe that the Facebook-owned messenger differs from its parent company, long beset by privacy scandals, Telegram founder Pavel Durov said.

WhatsApp ‘Exploited’ By Hong Kong Police To Collect Intelligence—Accounts Suspended

WhatsApp ‘Exploited’ By Hong Kong Police To Collect Intelligence—Accounts Suspended

In another blunt message to China, Facebook has slapped down attempts by the police in Hong Kong to use its WhatsApp messaging platform to collect intelligence on the pro-democracy protests.

Exclusive: Messaging app Telegram moves to protect identity of Hong Kong protesters

Exclusive: Messaging app Telegram moves to protect identity of Hong Kong protesters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Telegram, a popular encrypted messaging app, will allow users to cloak their telephone numbers to safeguard Hong Kong protesters against monitoring by authorities, according to a person with direct knowledge of the effort.

Chinese Agencies 'Crack Telegram': A Timely Warning For End-To-End Encryption

Chinese Agencies 'Crack Telegram': A Timely Warning For End-To-End Encryption

Telegram, the secure messaging platform, is used by pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong as a means of keeping communications away from the prying eyes of the Chinese authorities.

Telegram: the messaging app driving Hong Kong’s decentralized revolution

Telegram: the messaging app driving Hong Kong’s decentralized revolution

Hong Kong authorities have also attempted to clamp down on Telegram group members, which protestors say is taking cues from the ways China polices the Internet.

Telegram founder claims DDoS attack was timed to disrupt Hong Kong protests

Telegram founder claims DDoS attack was timed to disrupt Hong Kong protests

Pavel Durov claimed the DDoS attack originated ‘mostly from China’ and was meant to disrupt communication between protesters in Hong Kong. The founder of Telegram has claimed a cyber attack that disrupted the messaging platform was carried out to coincide with protests in Hong Kong.

Even more secret Telegrams

Even more secret Telegrams

Only worth noticing that Telegram API requests, both (un)blocking and user status resolving, are network calls and do not tend to work quickly, especially if you are using proxies or VPN. And since Telegram is a messenger (ignoring some crazy stuff), we can neglect error correction limiting possible transmitting data to simple text messages.

Telegram Creator acuses Whatsapp of having backdoors for syping

Telegram Creator acuses Whatsapp of having backdoors for syping

Despite the cyphering added after Telegram was launched, Durov affirms that this was all a marketing idea, because the key in decyphering the messages is in the hands of foreign governments such as Russia.

Putin Signs 'Sovereign Internet' Law, Expanding Government Control of Internet

Putin Signs 'Sovereign Internet' Law, Expanding Government Control of Internet

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a new measure that aims to expand government control over the Internet. Critics have warned that the new law, signed by Putin on May 1 and published on the Kremlin website, will lead to censorship over wide parts of the Internet.

Is Russia’s Internet ban an elaborate ploy to block Telegram?

Is Russia’s Internet ban an elaborate ploy to block Telegram?

Russian lawmakers on Thursday approved a controversial bill to cut off the country’s internet traffic from foreign servers and block popular messaging app, Telegram. Telegram is insanely popular in Russia, where its encrypted technology makes it possible for people to communicate without government snooping, and for protest organizers to operate with impunity.

ADAMANT Puts Privacy Back In Your Hands

ADAMANT Puts Privacy Back In Your Hands

The main point of the article is that none of these messengers use E2EE to secure the group chats. With this in mind, let us look closer at the main key points of the article: Supporting apps running both on smartphones and computers request various permissions excessively and sometimes contain Trojan, however, many users continue to trust their devices’ operating system.

Taking Back Our Right to Privacy

Taking Back Our Right to Privacy

You can now choose to delete any message you have sent or received from both sides in any private chat. To make your privacy complete, we’ve also introduced a way to restrict who can forward your messages.

Telegram Gained 3 Million New Users During WhatsApp, Facebook Outage

Telegram Gained 3 Million New Users During WhatsApp, Facebook Outage

Two of these features include: The telegram has previously faced restrictions and bans in countries like Iran, as well as in its home country Russia, after Durov refused to comply with government requests for encryption keys and information on its users.