The WhatsApp Russian Competitor Telegram founder and boss Pavel Durov has warned the people that the attacks on WhatsApp will continue. This came after the Facebook-owned world’s best messaging service WhatsApp warned its user that privacy of over 1.5 billion people was compromised due to a security flaw.
Pavel Durov in his blog stated that;
WhatsApp has a consistent history – from zero encryption at its inception to a succession of security issues strangely suitable for surveillance purposes. Looking back, there hasn’t been a single day in WhatsApp’s 10 year journey when this service was secure.
Previously, WhatsApp revealed that everything on the user’s phone from private photos to videos, emails to messages, was exposed to the hackers. In 2016, WhatsApp implemented end-to-end encryption of “All forms of communication” on the app to avoid reading messages by anyone other than the sender and the person who receives them. However, security specialists have consistently argued that relying on end-to-end encoding alone is not sufficient to protect the privacy and safety of messaging app users.
Pavel Durov further wrote in his blog;
Every time WhatsApp has to fix a critical vulnerability in their app, a new one seems to appear in its place. For WhatsApp to become a privacy-oriented service, it has to risk losing entire markets and clashing with authorities in their home country.
He further went on to suggest that the FBI could have forced WhatsApp or Facebook to include “backdoors” or secret ways to bypass security systems in their programming.
Telegram has over 200 million users worldwide and 7% out of them are from Russia. They gained a total of 3 million users in March this year when Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp was experiencing several difficulties. Moreover, Telegram lets people exchange messages, stickers, photos, and videos and create groups of up to 200,000 people.