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Cybercriminals have been using Telegram more and more

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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.”

The Financial Times reports that the increase in criminal activity on Telegram came after the change in the privacy policy of WhatsApp. Whatsapp changed its privacy policy as it started to share data with Facebook, which generated a lot of controversy. In this sense, many users who switched to other platforms gave guarantees of encryption of communications and Telegram was one of the applications that most attracted new users.

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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

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