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Hackers may be using more Telegram than the dark web, study finds

According to a report by The Financial Times, hackers share data leaks through channels with tens of thousands of subscribers.

This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

In a context where WhatsApp changes its privacy policies and it is known that it monitors some conversations, it comes to light that Telegram is the new space preferred by hackers or cybercriminals to carry out or share illegal information.

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As reported by The Financial Times , which conducted a study in conjunction with the cyber intelligence group Cyberint, hackers share data leaks through channels with tens of thousands of subscribers. All this due to the "laxity [of the app] in moderations and its ease of use."

According to analysts, cybercriminals have changed their conversation spaces and illegal practices of the dark web or dark web for Telegram, and as a consequence the participation of hackers in the instant messaging app has increased by 100 percent.

While Telegram groups do not have end-to-end encryption like a one-to-one conversation, these can be configured with passwords to enter, and according to research, illegal information has been shared using names. key as "combolist". Although it is true that groups cannot count on end-to-end encryption, all messages within Telegram (including those from groups) are strongly encrypted based on the MTProto protocol .

According to a Yahoo! report , the social network removed the channel where data was sold with email combinations after the Financial Times notified the company. Also, in a statement, the platform recalled that they have a policy to eliminate personal data shared without consent.

Editor's Note: This article has been edited to add encryption for Telegram's MTPoto protocol.