Telegram CEO lashes out at instant messaging platform, lists down the hazards of using WhatsApp
After Amazon Chief Jeff Bezos' iPhone was hacked via a WhatsApp message, Telegram CEO, Paul Durov lashes out at the messaging app WhatApp for misleading its customers about using end-to-end encryption as a smokescreen.
Durov mentioned in its blog that if a WhatsApp backdoor allowed the extraction of private communications and photos of Jeff Bezos, it is also indicates that other businesses and government leaders have been targeted.
"In my November post, I predicted this would happen. The United Nations now recommends its officials remove WhatsApp from their devices, while people close to Donald Trump have been advised to change their phones," he said in the blog post. He blasted WhatsApp for blaming Apple and claiming that iOS and not the platform was hacked.
"WhatsApp’s corrupt video vulnerability was present not only on iOS but also on Android and even Windows Phone devices. Meaning, on all mobile devices with WhatsApp installed. Hence, the issue was not iOS-specific, but WhatsApp specific.
"Had Jeff Bezos relied on Telegram instead of WhatsApp, he wouldn't have been blackmailed by people who compromised his communications," the blog added. He went on to say that the issue was not iOS-specific, but WhatsApp specific. He said that Telegram rolled out end-to-end encryption years before WhatsApp but has been mindful not only of the strengths, but also the limitations of this technology.
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