Telegram poddovanny, I will create my own messenger, where you all go

Evgeny Antipov, the creator of the “Eyes of God” telegram bot for breaking through personal data, gave a long interview to the Meduza edition (recognized as a foreign agent). In it, he spoke about the conflict with Telegram, connections with the underworld and law enforcement agencies, as well as about the projects that he is preparing to launch.

In early June, a Moscow court considered Roskomnadzor’s claim against Antipov and ruled to block the Eyes of God, but not the real one, but its clone. At the same time, Roskomnadzor said that he was trying to block just a clone, but he had no complaints about the real “Eye of God”. Despite such a court decision, the Telegram administration demolished Antipov’s bot, and then began to delete other bots and chats that he launched (only a few thousand). Some bots were blocked a few seconds after launch, while others took 10-15 minutes to block.

Now Antipov is trying to achieve the unblocking of his main channel, and if this does not happen, he threatens to lay out incriminating evidence. According to him, corruption is rampant in Telegram, data is being merged by “everyone,” including Roskomnadzor, and in general, the administration of the messenger in general does not care about users. He allegedly could have destroyed Telegram for a long time, but he plans to first launch his own messenger in order to lure users over to him.

Antipov claims that it will not be possible to permanently block the “Eye of God”, since any user can create a clone of this bot – there are already 575 thousand such clones. He says that earlier information from merged databases got into the results, and now information is taken only from open sources (for example, social networks, instant messengers, sites with ads), therefore, it is absolutely legal and not secret.

Antipov said that he provides law enforcement officers with free access to the full version of “The Eyes of God”, but not forever, but for several months. To renew the subscription, he asks them to write him a letter of thanks. The greatest interest, according to him, is provided not by information about citizens, but by information about who is looking for whom – this makes it possible to reveal under whom security officials and journalists are now “digging”, and who will be discussed in the news in the near future.

To “legalize”, the “Eye of God” had not only to delete data from the merged databases, but also to classify information about the employees of the MFD and the FSB. The information itself did not have to be deleted, the bot only hides these abbreviations from its output.

Antipov does not exclude close cooperation with the authorities, but so far he does not know with whom and in what form. As an example, he cited an application he created that, when pointing the smartphone camera at a stream of cars in augmented reality, shows unpaid fines by drivers. Such an application would be useful for the traffic police, but the department cannot acquire it due to bureaucratic procedures (it is required to develop software requirements, announce a tender, consider applications, choose a winner, and not the fact that it will be the owner of the “Eye of God”).

Antipov’s house was searched several times, but they were not connected with the activities of the “Eye of God”. The Interior Ministry investigated his involvement in the DarkMoney darknet forum, where drugs are sold and illegal services can be ordered. It was not possible to prove that he is somehow connected with this forum, although much indicates that he is almost the main person on this resource.

Evgeny Antipov came out of the shadows just when the problems with penetration services began. He believes that his openness will help avoid such problems in the future, since he is ready to conduct a dialogue with the authorities and be useful to them.

Source: by

*The article has been translated based on the content of by If there is any problem regarding the content, copyright, please leave a report below the article. We will try to process as quickly as possible to protect the rights of the author. Thank you very much!

*We just want readers to access information more quickly and easily with other multilingual content, instead of information only available in a certain language.

*We always respect the copyright of the content of the author and always include the original link of the source article.If the author disagrees, just leave the report below the article, the article will be edited or deleted at the request of the author. Thanks very much! Best regards!