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How much trust can you put in Telegram messenger?

Jeremy Kirk | Jan. 16, 2015
Telegram is well intended but has several weak spots, which may cause concern for those who are particularly worried about how such messaging systems could be compromised.

Rad said there's also a potential problem with Telegram's user authentication. When a person registers a new device, Telegram sends a one-time passcode via SMS. There are a variety of attacks and methods to intercept SMS communications, Rad said, making it generally not the best way to authenticate a user.

Telegram's Ra conceded issues around SMS and wrote that Telegram has been working on an additional cloud-based password mechanism for the last two months. "This work is now almost done and our users should be able to enjoy two-factor authentication soon," he wrote.


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