Re: Have some fun?
your definition of fun and mine differ greatly.
Researchers have found what they say is a flaw in Telegram that allows messages of any size to be sent. The unpatched flaw demonstrated in a proof-of-concept shows how attackers can send mesages of any size over the popular encrypted communications app by skirting restrictions. Telegram has been contacted for comment. …
I agree...I'm at that age that I actually know what a real telegram is, so therefore was completely confused by this article until it was pointed out it's an app.
Same here. My first thought was that the "hack" was just to omit the word STOP at the end of the message so that everything sent thereafter would be treated as a continuation of the same message.
+++ NEW TECHNOLOGY BAFFLES OLD COMMENTARD STOP MUST TRY TO KEEP UP WITH THE KIDS STOP NOW GET OFF MY LAWN STOP +++
As a long time slackware user, headlines referring to some newfangled "slack" thing/app are also irritating, since they are both IT-ish. It's not that I don't quickly get the new context, it's just that "slack" generates a sort of brain interrupt that I could do without unless the article really was slackware related (like, when 14.2 is finally announced, or something).
Apart from Telegram, all of your examples had no links to IT, and therefore couldn't create confusion when later applied to IT products
Telegram, was perhaps the IT of its day and thus any later use just fuddles the mind.
I remember when we first started gardening on Mars, and how we laughed at the confusion when we talked about the poor quality of the earth.
I can answer all 3 of those quite easily. Infact, I can answer that with one simple word. Encryption.
Neither SMTP nor IRC or FTP support encryption in their default flavours.
WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, which means they can scoop up all of your phone contacts with relative ease.
Facebook Messenger is... well, owned by Facebook. Same as above applies.
As for Telegram, the source code is available openly; https://github.com/DrKLO/Telegram
Need we be reminded that up until a year or so ago, WhatsApp chats weren't encrypted...?
I use Telegram, but not for security - it's because of the featureset. If I was deeply concerned about security, I don't think I would trust their homegrown "unproven" crypto, or their yet-to-be-opensourced server. The code that's available is just for the clients.
On the other hand, Moxie said is "confident" in WhatsApp's encryption since he was involved in developing and implementing it.
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