Friday, November 22, 2019

Delete WhatsApp! It is Not Secure, says Telegram founder

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Telegram founder Pavel Durov warned WhatsApp users on Wednesday that using the Facebook-owned messaging app is a direct threat to their privacy.

In a lengthy post on his Telegram channel on Wednesday, Durov took aim at one of his brainchild’s biggest rivals – WhatsApp, the world’s leading messaging app, which became a Facebook subsidiary in 2014 and boasts some 1.5 billion monthly active users.

“Regardless of the underlying intentions of WhatsApp’s parent company, the advice for their end-users is the same: Unless you are cool with all your photos and messages becoming public one day, you should delete WhatsApp from your phone," he said.

“WhatsApp doesn’t only fail to protect your WhatsApp messages – this app is being consistently used as a Trojan horse to spy on your non-WhatsApp photos and messages. Why would they do it? Facebook has been part of surveillance programs long before it acquired WhatsApp."

In his stinging attack on the messenger, Durov also recounted a recent discovery of yet another system vulnerability in WhatsApp, which allowed hackers to send a specially crafted MP3 file to Android and iOS users and thereby obtain access to all their data.

“All a hacker had to do was send you a video – and all your data was at the attacker’s mercy,” Durov wrote.

Since WhatsApp does not store video files on its servers, instead sending most of its media and messages directly to Google and Apple’s servers, Facebook simply washed its hands of the affair, Durov argued.

Durov dismissed the notion that WhatsApp was simply riddled with system errors, and could not help but “accidentally” implement “critical security vulnerabilities across all their apps every few months.”

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