A new hacker paradise is flourishing, the underworld has broken into the Telegram


The messaging app, launched in 2013, is increasingly hosted by stolen data and hacking support tools. And because of its slap-easy handling and superficial moderation rules, more and more layers are gaining access to stolen content.

Messages can be shared on channels similar to Telegramon forum rooms, and it is also possible to send large files. Thus, the channels are actually becoming more and more similar to the illegal online marketplaces of the dark web. However, while the latter is only difficult to access – usually through an anonymisation software – Telegram can be easily downloaded from any app store.

Called a Combolist, For example, hundreds of thousands of active usernames and passwords were sold on channels with 47,000 subscribers. The stolen data belonged mainly to video game platforms like Origin and Uplay, but it was also possible to buy credit card data or Netflix accounts there. Cybercriminals often also share malware and hacking guides on the platform. Since contacting the Financial Times, Telegram has deleted the channel.

The messenger’s user base really grew after Facebook changed Whatsapp’s privacy policy a year ago. Telegram is currently used by 500 million people, but the app has already reached 1 billion downloads by August. The app is also a favorable terrain for hackers because, unlike Whatsapp, it does not display the phone number and allows for forum-like conversation.

The increased appearance of the underworld on the platform could encourage the Dubai company – which is currently considering going public – to tighten its moderation rules. Telegram has stated that it still has policies in place to protect personal information. Accordingly, its ever-growing team of moderators removes 10,000 public groups per day.

(Financial Times)

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