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In the hands of hackers got phone numbers 15 million users of Telegram in Iran

In the hands of hackers got phone numbers 15 million users of Telegram in Iran

by sigismund » 2016-08-03 11:17:34


This incident was named the most among large-scale cyber attacks on encrypted communications system.


Criminals compromised more than a dozen accounts and identified 15 million phone numbers of users of Telegram messenger in Iran. This incident was named the most among large-scale cyber attacks on encrypted communications, writes Reuters.
According to security expert Collin Anderson (Collin Anderson) and Claudio Guarneri (Claudio Guarnieri), earlier this year a cyber attack, data on which were published only recently, it jeopardizes the communications of activists, journalists, public figures and politicians involved in the reformist movement and opposition organizations in Iran, where the messenger is used by over 20 million citizens.

Researchers believe that the main vulnerability of the Telegram, which could cause information leakage, is the activation of messenger on new devices using SMS. When trying to log on to Telegram from a new device, the messenger sends the user an SMS message with an authorization code. The attackers together with the mobile operators could intercept SMS messages, experts say.

Authorization via SMS Telegram makes it vulnerable in any country where mobile operators are private companies or companies under strong government pressure," the researchers note.

According to experts, the incident is the hacker group Rocket Kitten in force on the scheme, reflecting the interests and activities of the state bodies of Iran. However, to argue about state sponsored hackers, researchers did not.
In a statement, representatives said Telegram that was only available public information, 15 million accounts were not compromised. These mass checks have become impossible, as the Telegram has introduced some limitations in the API.

"As for the compromise of a dozen user accounts Telegram in Iran, we have repeatedly warned citizens of these countries about the possible interception of SMS messages with the authorization codes. We strongly recommend you to use two-factor authentication, which we introduced last year", - said in a statement.
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