Is Telegram Becoming the New Dark Web?

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Cybercriminals trying to buy, sell and share stolen data and hacking tools are flocking to the messaging app Telegram, according to an investigation by the cyber intelligence group Cyberint and Financial Times. Lured by “light touch moderation,” hackers looking for an alternative to the dark web share data leaks with thousands of other subscribers on Telegram. After changes were made to the privacy policy of Facebook-owned WhatsApp, hackers needed a new place to get business and seem to have found it.

Launched in 2013, Telegram allows users to broadcast messages to a following via “channels.” Users can send and receive large data files, including text and zip files, directly via the app. The platform, headquartered in Dubai, said it has more than 500 million active users. Cyberint threat analyst Tal Samra said there’s been more than a “100 percent rise” in Telegram usage among cybercriminals. “Its encrypted messaging service is increasingly popular among threat actors conducting fraudulent activity and selling stolen data… as it is more convenient to use than the dark web,” said Samra.

One thought on “Is Telegram Becoming the New Dark Web?

  1. it is not destined to become like this. The Russian authorities will quickly put an end to this. It is better to use the utopia ecosystem to sell data, they will not get there.

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