WhatsApp manager attack on Telegram: Russian authorities have access to chats
Meta and WhatsApp still have a critical position against Telegram and other messaging applications. Mark Zuckerbergthe CEO of Meta, claimed a few months ago that WhatsApp is more secure than Apple’s iMessage, and now Will CathcartWhatsApp manager has criticized Telegram.
to report GSMArenathe link card of an article from the magazine Wired published on Twitter to criticize the lack of an end-to-end encryption system in all Telegram chats.
Catcart says Telegram’s encryption system has not been independently verified and has flaws such as not being enabled by default. Also, Telegram does not provide end-to-end encryption in group chats. Telegram says that having end-to-end encryption in group chats becomes problematic when it comes to providing a data-backed version.
Catcart republished a key part of the Wired article: “Telegram has the capacity to provide almost any classified information upon request by governments.”
The Wired article claims that a number of Russian officials have access to Telegram’s SecretChat section. Also, according to Wired, Telegram’s location API is flawed and potentially reveals users’ location within a three-kilometer range.
This is not the first time that WhatsApp and Telegram have criticized each other. Telegram says WhatsApp is not as secure as its administrators claim. Saving a backup of WhatsApp messages to Google Drive removes encryption. This means that governments can go to Google to access the details of chats and not even correspond with WhatsApp.