(Muslim Press) - Despite stating that he respects Telegram ' s founder, Russian Pavel Durov, American whistle - blower Edward Snowden said the messenger lacks security at its default settings.Telegram ' s founder, Pavel Durov, has also founded the Russian equivalent of Facebook. “I respect @ durov, but Ptacek is right: @ telegram ' s defaults are dangerous. Without a major update, it ' s unsafe, ” former CIA employee tweeted on Saturday.
Snowden was referring to Thomas Ptacek, founder of Matasano Security and a specialist in cryptographic and embedded software security, who tweeted that Telegram’s plaintext is stored on the server. Pointing towards the vulnerability of such a setup, Snowden hinted that the plaintext of the messages should not be accessible to a service provider at all for a connection to be truly secure.Recommended:ALIENS are trying to contact Earth; Edward SnowdenTelegram has recently been branded the “favorite” messenger among international terrorists in the US media, after ISIS terrorists allegedly used it while claiming responsibility for attacks in Paris and on the Russian plane over Sinai. Laith Alkhouri, director of Research at Flashpoint Global Partners, called Telegram “the new hot thing among jihadists” in a CNN Money report. The messenger’s encryption might have provided them with the opportunity to exchange secret messages, he alleged. While Ptacek’s and Snowden’s conclusions appear to contradict the allegations of Telegram’s self - professed complete security, Durov apparently disagrees. The founder responded to Snowden’s tweet by saying: “Skipping the sarcastic part: users who don ' t need cloud sync or do not trust us, use secret chats – https: / / telegram. org / privacy. ”
To be clear, what matters is that the plaintext of messages is *accessible* to the server(or service provider), not whether it' s " stored. "— Edward Snowden(@ Snowden)December 19,2015