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Hey, don't route the messenger! Telegram redirected through Iran by baffling BGP leak

Updated A bunch of Telegram messages went the long way round on Monday: a BGP leak sent people's Telegram chat communications via systems in Iran. Flagged by OpenDNS's BGPMon as a possible BGP hijack, the cockup could also have been a simple case of a sysadmin typo, since the redirection of packets only lasted two hours and fifteen …
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Dark web souks are so last year: Cybercrooks are switching to Telegram

Underground cybercrime marketplaces are in decline because cybercrooks have begun switching to chat channels to trade illegal goods, according to a new report. The climate of fear and mistrust following the AlphaBay and Hansa takedowns in July 2017 has resulted in crims switching tactics and using less convenient platforms, …
John Leyden, 7 Jun 2018
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Telegram users get their stickers back as Apple passes update

Under attack from Russian regulators, embattled encrypted chat app Telegram has apparently resolved a side-spat with Apple. For around six weeks, Telegram's developers had tried to ship an update to its app, but on May 31, founder Pavel Durov complained that iOS 11.4 blocked updates. Rightly or wrongly, Pavel associated the …

Telegram crypto-chat chap says Apple has 'restricted' its app updates worldwide

Telegram backer and self-proclaimed "global entrepreneur" Pavel Durov has blamed a lack of updates to his app on Apple "not siding with us" in the ongoing furore in Russia over the crypto-chat platform. In a post on his own Telegram channel today, Durov apologised for some features not working under just-released iOS 11.4. He …
Richard Speed, 31 May 2018
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Russia to Apple: Kill Telegram crypto-chat – or the App Store gets it

Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor has written to Apple with a request to remove messaging app Telegram from its App Store. Or else. The regulator’s notice about the letter also requests that Apple cease “sending its service push notifications to Russian users.” The notice says the letter also includes the …
Simon Sharwood, 30 May 2018
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Russian malware harvesting Telegram Desktop creds, chats

Already under attack by Russia's telecommunications regulator, a new source of woe has emerged for crypto-chat app Telegram: malware. In news that won't surprise anybody at all, researchers from Cisco Talos say the malware attacking Telegram's desktop app was written by a Russian speaker. Vitor Ventura and Azim Khodjibaev …

Kremlin's war on Telegram sees 50 VPNs stopped at the border

Russia's telecom regulator Roskomnadzor has taken a more granular approach to its battle with Telegram: instead of deep-sixing IP addresses by the millions, it says it's blocked 50 VPN providers from landing traffic in the country. At the end of last week, the regulator's deputy head Vadim Subbotin told state newsagency TASS …

France building encrypted messaging app for politicians

France's government has built an encrypted messaging app for government use. The move was announced last Friday on radio station France Inter by digital secretary of state Mounir Mahjoubi (here in French). Mahjoubi said the aim is to create an end-to-end encrypted app to be “internal to the state and intended to replace” non- …
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Google, AWS IPs blocked by Russia in Telegram crackdown

Russia's telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor has started blocking IP addresses linked to secure messaging service Telegram. Russia wants Telegram banished from within its borders, supposedly on national security grounds. First on its list, therefore, according to Roem.ru* (translated), are addresses used by, er, Amazon Web …
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Russian regulator asks courts to disconnect Telegram

Russian telecoms and mass communications regulator Roskomnadzor has filed a lawsuit it hopes will see secure messaging app Telegram turfed out of the country. Moscow’s been unhappy with Telegram for some time, dating back to a mid-2017 dispute over the company’s non-compliance with requests to register as a telecoms service …

Telegram still won't hand over crypto keys it says it does not store

Secure messaging service Telegram says it will appeal a Russian Supreme Court order to hand over encryption keys to the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation – the FSB. Last year, the company was fined a relatively paltry US$14,000 (800,000 roubles) for refusing to decrypt user messages. However, that wasn't the …
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Shock horror! Telegram messaging app proves insecure yet again!

Telegram has fixed a security flaw in its desktop app that hackers spent several months exploiting to install remote-control malware and cryptocurrency miners on vulnerable Windows PCs. The programming cockup was spotted by researchers at Kaspersky in October. It is believed miscreants have been leveraging the bug since at …
Iain Thomson, 13 Feb 2018
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Telegram settles lawsuit against ex-staffer who claimed FSB links

While secure messaging app Telegram has been in the headlines for its losing battle with Russia's FSB intelligence agency, it's also been battling an ex-staffer in a little-reported lawsuit that sheds light on the secretive organisation. The just-settled dispute between Telegram-linked Telegraph LLC and former developer Anton …

Russia tweaks Telegram with tiny fine for decryption denial

Encrypted messaging app Telegram must pay 800,000 roubles for resisting Russia's FSB's demand that it help decrypt user messages. The fine translates to just under US$14,000, making it less of a serious punishment and more a shot across the bows. However, it does seem to entrench the principle that the Federal Security …
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Encrypted chat app Telegram warned by Russian regulator: 'comply or goodbye'

Russia's communications regulator is threatening to lower the boom on popular encrypted messaging application Telegram. It might look like yet another government attack on user-accessible encryption, but in this letter, the head of regulator Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov says the messaging app is violating Russian legislation …

Telegram chat app founder claims Feds offered backdoor bribe

The founder of chat app Telegram has publicly claimed that feds pressured the company to weaken its encryption or install a backdoor. "During our team's 1-week visit to the US last year we had two attempts to bribe our devs by US agencies + pressure on me from the FBI," Pavel Durov said on Twitter. "It would be naive to think …
John Leyden, 14 Jun 2017
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WhatsApp blind-sided by booby-trapped photo vulnerability

Security researchers have found the same type of vulnerability in the respective web platforms of WhatsApp and Telegram (WhatsApp Web and Telegram Web), two of the world’s most popular messaging services. The now-resolved vulnerability - discovered by security researchers at Check Point - would have allowed an attacker to send …
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2017
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Users of secure chat app Telegram popped after possible nation-state attack

Black Hat An attack group known for rudimentary phishing scams and having operational security so bad their servers were popped by Check Point has compromised a dozen Telegram accounts and gained phone numbers for a further 15 million, possibly with state assistance. Telegram is a well-regarded end-to-end encrypted chat client used by …
Darren Pauli, 4 Aug 2016

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