There are a slew of messaging applications that were created with the intention of encrypting user messages for privacy. Criminals, terrorists, and other users, on the other hand, use those applications for illegal reasons. Telegram, a messaging service, has reportedly become a nexus for hackers looking to buy, sell, and share data and tools they’ve stolen.
According to a new analysis, Telegram is effectively a dark web alternative. An organization named Cyberint collaborated with the Financial Times to uncover details on the illegal use of the messaging app. An ever-expanding network of hackers was identified during the inquiry, sharing material gained from leaks and other sources.
The information is allegedly being disseminated through channels with tens of thousands of subscribers. Hackers and other cybercriminals are using the application in part because it is easy to use and has little moderation. Hackers’ use of Telegram has surged by 100 percent, according to Cyberint experts.
The app’s strong encryption is a primary reason why cybercriminals use it, as it protects them from law enforcement. These malicious individuals apparently switched to Telegram when WhatsApp altered its privacy policies earlier this year. Telegram is a messaging app that allows users to send messages to numerous individuals via channels.
They can also form both public and private groups, allowing for easy access. While a large portion of Telegram’s traffic appears to come from malicious users, the app boasts that it has more than 500 million active users and recently passed the 1 billion download mark. Hackers and other criminal groups are increasingly using Telegram, putting pressure on the company to strengthen its moderation to thwart these users. Telegram is situated in Dubai and is preparing an initial public offering (IPO) in the near future.