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Hackers break into allegedly safe Telegram message service


There is no such thing as a safe place in the cyberworld:

Cyber researchers have told Reuters that Iranian hackers have broken into more than a dozen accounts on the Telegram instant messaging service and identified the phone numbers of 15 million Iranian users, the largest known breach — so far — of the encrypted communications system.

Reuters reported that  the attacks “jeopardized the communications of activists, journalists and other people in sensitive positions in Iran, where Telegram is used by some 20 million people, said the independent cyber researcher Collin Anderson and the Amnesty International technologist Claudio Guarnieri, who have been studying Iranian hacking groups for three years.”

“Telegram promotes itself as an ultra-secure instant messaging system because all data is encrypted from start to finish, known in the industry as end-to-end encryption. A number of other messaging services, including Facebook’s WhatsApp, say they have similar capabilities.”

But of course none of them are safe.

To read The Guardian’s story on this, please hit this link.