On Tuesday, BuzzFeed distributed a large number of unsubstantiated statements on President-elect Donald Trump’s ties with Russia. Supposedly composed by a previous British intelligence officer, the 35-page file declared that Trump collaborated with Russia in activities to focus on his political rivals. The report likewise raised cautions for Telegram users.

The dossier stated that the FSB (Federal Security Service – Russian secret service) had effectively “broken” Telegram’s encryption to keep an eye on Russian political activists, who were utilizing Telegram. The report said:

An FSB cyber operative flagged up the ‘Telegram’ enciphered commercial system as having been of especial concern and therefore heavily targeted by the FSB, not least because it was used frequently by Russian internal political activists and oppositionists. His/her understanding was that the FSB now successfully had cracked this communications software and therefore it was no longer secure to use.

This statement, obviously, raised worries about whether the communication application was secure to utilize any longer.

Telegram has said that the report stating that it has been compromised by FSB is “fake”, or that it could allude to old data. The messaging application says that the fresh charge “most likely refers to the story on SMS interception by FSB in April 2016,” when Russian activists were compromised.

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Pavel Durov, CEO and co-founder of Telegram

A year ago, this episode was widely disclosed stating that the FSB operators were intercepting login requests sent via SMS. They were then utilizing those requests to seize independent accounts. And still, at the end of the day the application wasn’t generally “hacked” as the FSB had gotten activists’ login codes sent over text message. Made by Russian business man Pavel Durov, Telegram is a mainstream stage of choice for political activists, including Russian resistance leaders. This ubiquity was the reason the FSB was focusing on the application a year ago. In those days the application had recommended its users to authorize the two-step verification process.

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Telegram guarantees a protected messaging experience. The application markets itself as an encrypted application, yet end-to-end encryption is permitted only when users open the “Secret Chat” feature. Its guaranteed security has been questioned numerous times.

While unconfirmed, the previous evening’s report is yet to be confuted. Markus Ra, the Telegram representative, said it was “likely” to be fake, and if not it “probably” alludes to the April episode. Reassuring? Very little. But considering the validity of the report, it may not be valid at all. To Telegram users , simply ensure you enable two-factor confirmation.

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