Tag: Telegram

Russian Telecoms Watchdog Asks Google, Apple to Remove Telegram from Stores

Russian Telecoms Watchdog Asks Google, Apple to Remove Telegram from Stores

Russia’s state telecommunications regulator, Roskomnadzor, had reportedly requested US tech giants Google and Apple to remove the messaging app Telegram from their download stores. Russia had officially banned the encrypted messaging service in the country after CEO Pavel Durov had refused to surrender private user data to the FSB. Durov also announced a few days ago that Telegram may still work despite the ban, but not at 100% without a VPN. Source: CNBC

Telegram Will Bypass Russia Ban, Says CEO

Telegram Will Bypass Russia Ban, Says CEO

Last Friday, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov revealed that their application will be using its built-in systems to bypass the ban Russia had brought down last Friday. Durov said on his VK page that users will not have to do anything. However, he cannot guarantee that the messaging app will work 100% without using VPNs. A Russian court had already ruled in favor of the Roskomnadzor to ban the encrypted messaging service in the country, but the date of effectivity had not been specified. Source: Reuters

Russia Moves to Block Telegram via Lawsuit

Russia Moves to Block Telegram via Lawsuit

Russia’s communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said that it has filed a lawsuit against popular encrypted messaging app Telegram for refusing to give the FSB access to its users’ private messages. The Russian security service said that it needed access to the secret messages to aid its work, particularly against terrorism, and said that Telegram had to comply with its obligation as an organizer of information distribution. However, founder and CEO Pavel Durov had already said on Twitter that “Threats to block Telegram unless it gives up private data of its users will not bear fruit. Telegram will stand for freedom and […]

Telegram Zero-day Flaw Exploited to Mine Cryptocurrency

Telegram Zero-day Flaw Exploited to Mine Cryptocurrency

Cybersecurity company Kaspersky Labs recently found that hackers had been exploiting a flaw in messaging app Telegram to infect user’s devices with a cryptocurrency mining malware. It was said that the attackers used a Telegram feature that reverses the order of characters to rename files. Kaspersky added that the malware was found in Russia and its code had clues indicating the involvement of Russian cybercriminals. Telegram founder Pavel Durov said that the flaw was not a true vulnerability on Telegram Desktop, but rather a form of social engineering since the user still had to open the file before the attackers […]

Apple: Child Abuse Behind Telegram’s Ban

Apple: Child Abuse Behind Telegram’s Ban

Apple recently revealed that it had previously banned messaging app Telegram from its Apps Stode because some users were apparently using it to share child abuse pictures. According to App Store manager Phil Schiller, they were able to confirm that illegal content was being shared on the platform, which is why they took down the apps, alerted the developer, and notified the proper authorities, including the NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children). Telegram had been restored a couple of hours after the issue had been addressed. The app however, still has a reputation of harboring violent, extremist, and […]

Apple Restores Telegram in App Store

Apple Restores Telegram in App Store

Apple announced that it has restored popular secure messaging app Telegram in its App Store. Telegram and Telegram X had been removed yesterday when Apple found that inappropriate content was being spread on the messaging platform. Both apps however, were not removed from Play Store. CEO Pavel Durov revealed that around 500,000 users download Telegram everyday on Play Store, and 100,000 for iOS. Telegram, which is touted as a more secure than apps such as WhatsApp, use end-to-end encryption, supports self-destructing messages, and leaves no data on company servers.  Source: ZDNet

Iran Blocks Telegram and Instagram

Iran Blocks Telegram and Instagram

The Iranian government has blocked Telegram and Instagram after a spate of anti-establishment protests in the country. The government says that the encrypted messaging app and the social media platform had been used to organize the protests and promote dissent in the country. President Hassan Rouhani said that “Iranians have the right to protest, but not cause disorder.” In a post, Telegram creator Pavel Durov revealed that they had to take down a public channel called @amadnews for encouraging its subscribers to use explosives and firearms against the police. The channel creators however, created a new channel for its subscribers […]

Russia Prohibits the Use of Dodging Tools To Access Illegal Websites

Russia Prohibits the Use of Dodging Tools To Access Illegal Websites

Russia — Last Saturday, Russia has ruled in favor of a law the bans the use of online dodging tools that enable citizens to visit blacklisted websites. The policy directs Roskomnadzor, Russia’s telecommunications guardian, to research a list of services that should be prohibited once they are proven to break the law. However, Russian internet organizations have opposed the law, saying it is too strict without any concrete justifications. The opposing groups also depend on the internet to access popular information that isn’t available in Russia. Back in June, authorities warned they would block encrypted messaging app Telegram following from […]

Telegram to Remove Terror Content After Ban Indonesian Threat

Jakarta, Indonesia – Last Sunday, Telegram announced it will eliminate content that may be linked to terrorist activities in Indonesia, following the government’s threat of complete ban and move to restrict Telegram use. The encrypted messaging app has been used by radical groups to preach hate, enlist new members, and coordinate terror attacks, according to the director general of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). Pavel Durov, Telegram’s co-founder, stated that they weren’t initially informed which is why they were unable to instantly address the government’s demand to block several malicious channels, but now assures that they are […]

Telegram App Might Get Total Ban in Indonesia

Indonesia announced on Friday that it’s blocking web versions of Telegram, a messaging app that provides encryption for messages, saying that they will have to shut it down it completely if the app cannot block violent militants from using it for radical propaganda.   In a statement, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said it requested internet companies in the country to stop access to 11 addresses on Telegram’s available web version. Southeast Asian nations like Indonesia are improving efforts to fight Islamic radicalism after the Mindanao City of Marawi was taken by IS-linked extremists. Police have recently arrested suspected […]