As was advanced by the investigation department of the Financial Times and Cyberint, a company linked to cybersecurity intelligence, cybercriminals have been using Telegram as a way to steal data, as the platform is easy to access.
According to the FT, there has been “an increase of more than 100% in the use of the Telegram by cybercriminals”. “We’ve recently witnessed a more than 100 percent increase in the use of Telegram by cybercriminals,” said Tal Samra, Cyberint’s cyber threat analyst. “Its encrypted messaging service is increasingly used by those who engage in fraudulent activities and sell stolen data, as it is more convenient than using the dark web.”
Of the illicit activities carried out by criminals on the Telegram, the sale of credit card numbers, hacking tools or copies of passports stand out. About 300,000 to 600,000 combinations of email and respective passwords were also found.
Launched in 2013, Telegram allows users to send messages to their followers through “channels” or create public and private groups that are easy for everyone to access. Users can also send and receive large data files, including text and zip files, directly through the platform.
Meanwhile those responsible for the Telegram announced that they have been trying to remove the personal information that is placed on the platform without the users’ consent. Therefore, it has formed a team of moderators responsible for detecting situations of privacy policies.
Source: Financial Times