back to article Shock horror! Telegram messaging app proves insecure yet again!

Telegram has fixed a security flaw in its desktop app that hackers spent several months exploiting to install remote-control malware and cryptocurrency miners on vulnerable Windows PCs. The programming cockup was spotted by researchers at Kaspersky in October. It is believed miscreants have been leveraging the bug since at …

  1. frank ly Silver badge

    Is there anything that is secure anymore?

    Maybe there never was.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    NSAgram

    Given that Telegram is well documented as being the carrier pigeon of choice for ISIS, it wouldn't particularly surprise me if it was deliberately weakened or sabotaged.

    1. julian_n

      Re: NSAgram

      Maybe . . . or maybe this has just patched a hole the NSA knew about and were using themselves.

      In the past, Amber Rudd and her ilk have named Telegram and Whatsapp as two applications that use end to end encryption that are allowing horrible murderers/paedophiles/terrorists/tax evaders/[insert bogeyman] to hide their traffic.

      They never mention, for example, Signal.

      Now what if the reason these apps are named is to encourage the bogeymen to use them instead of stronger apps?

      What if Kaspersky have found one of the NSA routes in?

      Sweet revenge for the ban, and maybe one less way to be snooped on.

      Still prefer Signal though.

  3. Zog_but_not_the_first Silver badge
    Facepalm

    But I thought...

    Telegram Sam was the main man.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    'In keeping with current trends'

    Welcome to the internet of cesspit! The worse part is, if only hackers put 1% of their talents towards something positive. If only the ruling class had the chops to understand what's going on before we sink into a Blackhole.

    Connecting more services to the net, requiring more digital footprints just to function as before, isn't the right-call at the moment. Instead we should be pushing the reset button on tech. Pausing for thought! Overall, we need far more robust models going forward - for everything!

    But look who we're stuck with. Regulators who don't get it. Politicians who are too busy doing favors for pals to see the dangers. Those responsible for the looming privacy/security apocalypse (deep hacks / leaks / breaches), will be gone with golden parachutes before shit hits!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Hackers are way ahead in War of Cyberwars

      Crypto-currencies have provided a huge pay day and easy means to get money out. Wonder if Satoshi Nakamoto foresaw any of this? Anyway, the incentive to just keep going is huge!

      1. disgustedoftunbridgewells Silver badge

        Re: Hackers are way ahead in War of Cyberwars

        It is preferable to ransomware.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: 'In keeping with current trends'

      It's called Human Greed and good luck on changing that any time soon.

    3. brotherelf

      Re: 'In keeping with current trends'

      > The worse part is, if only hackers put 1% of their talents towards something positive.

      What makes you think this isn't happening? There's lots of creative and brilliant minds out there working for "something positive". You just never hear of the person who wrote the code that lets you use assistive technologies to log into your Mac (because it's not "One more thing"), or who's letting the JS doing protein folding instead of coin mining.

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