Telegram emerges as a new dark web for cybercriminals

Telegram has become a hub for cybercriminals, according to research by the Financial Times and cyber intelligence group Cyberint.

Sunday, September 26, 2021 (( – The secure messaging application and the social network Telegram, allows its users to exchange with total confidentiality, their messages – text, audio, photos, videos – in an encrypted way, c ‘that is, unreadable by a third party.

But this service developed by two Russian brothers and launched in 2013 is accused of serving the interests of cybercriminals looking to buy, sell and share stolen data and hacking tools, according to new research, as messaging app like alternative to the dark web.

An investigation by the cyber intelligence group Cyberint, in collaboration with the Financial Times, revealed a dizzying network of hackers sharing data leaks on the popular messaging platform, sometimes on channels totaling tens of thousands of subscribers, attracted for its ease of use and lightness. moderation.

In many cases, the content resembled that of the marketplaces found on the dark web, a group of hidden websites that are popular with hackers and accessed using specific anonymization software.

“We have recently seen an increase of more than 100% in the use of Telegram by cybercriminals,” said Tal Samra, cyber threat analyst at Cyberint.

“Your encrypted messaging service is increasingly popular with threat actors who conduct fraudulent activities and sell stolen data … because it is more convenient to use than the dark web.

The rise in nefarious activity comes as users flocked to the encrypted chat app earlier this year after changes to the privacy policy of Facebook rival WhatsApp led many to seek alternatives.

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