Telegram is the worst choice: Signal founder explains why

Deepak Gupta December 31, 2021
Updated 2021/12/31 at 2:40 AM

WhatsApp has long ceased to be the only great messenger in the sky. There are now alternatives such as Telegram and signal made a name. Signal founder Moxie is now handing out Marlinspike against Telegram.

Telegram: “There is no worse choice”

Signal founder Moxie Marlinspike announced on Twitter that he found it astonishing that numerous media outlets would refer to Telegram as an “encrypted messenger”. He writes: “Telegram has many compelling features, but when it comes to data protection and data collection there is no worse choice.” He then explains his claim in further tweets.

For example, he says that “secret chats” are equipped with end-to-end encryption (E2EE), but a security protocol of dubious quality is used. In addition, there is no standard E2EE. “Almost everything you see in the app, Telegram sees,” says Moxie Marlinspike.

“The actual data protection technology isn’t about trusting someone else with your data. It’s about not having to. A sent message should only be visible to you and the recipient. The details of a group should only be visible to the other members. “

Moxie Marlinspike via Twitter

Telegram comments on allegations

Telegram has now taken a stand on the statements made by Moxie Marlinspike. Telegram spokesman Remi Vaughn told Inside Digital: “I think it is important to note that everything that is sent via Telegram is securely encrypted.”

“Secret chats, one-on-one calls and video calls use end-to-end encryption. This enables Telegram to offer secure cloud chats that can be accessed from any device – in addition to end-to-end encrypted secret chats. “

Remi Vaughn

According to the Telegram spokesman, a study by the Italian University of Udine confirmed that the encryption protocol used “can definitely be considered secure”.

However, Moxie Marlinspike isn’t the only one criticizing Telegram. Computer scientist Igors Stepanovs explains, for example, that a signal is the best we have. It should also be noted that group chats cannot be converted into “secret chats”.

Source: Twitter / Moxie Marlinspike, Inside Digital

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