There are numerous messaging apps that were originally intended to encrypt communications between users for privacy reasons. However, these applications are also used by criminals, terrorists and various users for illegal purposes. Telegram messaging app has reportedly become a hub for cyber criminals looking to buy, sell, and share stolen data and the tools they use.
A new report claims that Telegram is essentially an alternative to the dark web. Details of the illegal use of the messaging application have been uncovered by a group called Cyberint in collaboration with the Financial Times. The investigation discovered an ever-growing network of hackers sharing data obtained from leaks and other sources.
The data is reportedly shared on channels that sometimes have tens of thousands of subscribers. The tool is used by hackers and other cyber criminals, among other things, because it is very little moderated and easy to use. According to Cyberint analysts, the use of Telegram by hackers has increased by 100 percent.
You can also create public and private groups for easy access. While a lot of the traffic for Telegram appears to have come from nefarious users, the app has bragged about having more than 500 million active users and breaking the 1 billion limit for downloads in the last month. The increasing use by hackers and other criminal groups is likely to put increasing pressure on Telegraph to improve its moderation in order to thwart these users. Telegram is based in Dubai and plans to go public in the future.