April 25, 2024

Mass hacking of Telegram accounts, user data stolen

Mass hacking of Telegram accounts, user data stolen

Cybersecurity specialists from Group-IB reported a wave of hacking of Telegram accounts. Hackers gain access tocredentials of Russians, after which they can read their correspondence. What is this — a serious vulnerability or an attempt to intimidate messenger users?

What is known about Telegram hack?

It is reported that the attackers were able to gain access to other people's accounts using disposable SIM cards. To log into someone else's Telegram, theyrequested SMSwith a login code on behalf of the account owner, after which they intercepted it. Then all they had to do was log in to their account without any problems.

Mass hacking of Telegram accounts, user data stolen

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Group-IB also added that the attacks wereare aimed at customers of various mobile operators, as well as users of both iOS and Android. In other words, this universal vulnerability puts almost all Telegram users at risk. Moreover, in the same way, you can access other applications, including a mobile bank. The number of victims is not reported, only a few cases are known.

An attempt to intimidate Telegram users

Information about Telegram hacks raised a powerfula wave of noise throughout the country, but upon closer examination, questions begin to arise. Firstly, who needs to hack into the accounts of ordinary people? The maximum that will be there is a couple of chats with friends &#8212; This is of no interest to scammers. Hacking accounts in the messenger makes sense only when hackers can do it en masse and automatically. In this case, the account can be used to send spam, cheats, etc.

This is where criminals hack every account.manually, and not without serious costs. Accordingly, either the Telegram victims had some really valuable information, or all this noise &#8212; a common attempt to scare Telegram users.

After a failed lock last yearthe messenger has become even more popular, and millions of Russians are free to access information that Roskomnadzor has carefully removed from the Internet.

If this is true, the potential effectwill be doubtful. Telegram audience &#8212; mostly people with minimal knowledge of cybersecurity and protecting their data. Tomorrow they will forget about all these horror stories and continue to calmly use the messenger. But for less “advanced” Russians this can really have a deterrent effect. In their minds, the messenger will seem like something unreliable and dangerous, so they may well not want to use it in the future.

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