Back in 2018, I knew my phone was under surveillance

The founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov, commented on his message on his Telegram channel that his number was on the list of potentially monitored persons.

The billionaire said that since 2018, he knew that one of his phone numbers was located na spisku NSO Grupe, but that it didn’t bother him.

“Since 2011, while I was still living in Russia, I thought that all my phones had been hacked. Anyone who gets access to my personal data will be extremely disappointed, because they will have to review thousands of concepts of Telegram functions and millions of messages related to the process of developing our product. They will not find important information there, “Durov explained.

He reminded that surveillance tools were also used against “much more important” people, including more than 10 heads of state. “A huge problem for humanity,” says Durov, “real backdoors” that manufacturers of smartphones and software deliberately leave in their systems.

“According to Snowden’s 2013 findings, Apple and Google are part of a global surveillance program. These companies were supposed to introduce backdoors into their mobile operating systems. “These backdoors, usually disguised as security flaws, allow US intelligence agencies to access information from any smartphone in the world,” Durov wrote.

According to Durov, at the same time, access to these vulnerabilities can be gained not only by the American authorities, but also by “any other organization that finds them”.

“It is not surprising that this is exactly what happened: the Israeli company NSO Group sold access to spy tools that enabled third parties to hack tens of thousands of phones,” the billionaire noted.

The British Guardian recently reported that the British mobile number of the founders of the Telegram was on the list of potential surveillance targets in 2018.

The Guardian pointed out that the authorities of the United Arab Emirates could be interested in Durov, since the appearance of his number on the list coincided with his relocation to this country.

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