Hong Kong protests drive surge in popular Telegram chatapp
Friday, August 16, 2019, 8:16 AM
First-time users of Telegram surged in Hong-Kong after protesters flocked to the popular chat-app during the months-long demonstrations that gripped the city, new-data from Sensor Tower shows. Telegram gained about 110,000 new-users in Hong-Kong in July across Apple-App-Store and Google-Play. First-time installs more than quadrupled, pushing the app to the city's seventh-most downloaded last-month from No. 88 a year earlier, the mobile-data provider said.
Your WhatsApp, Telegram media files could be hacked: Research
Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 8:07 AM
If you thought instant messaging-platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram that provide end-to-end encryption give you rock-solid security, think again. Researchers from cyber-security firm Symantec revealed the vulnerabilities that allowed hackers to manipulate the images and audio files you receive on these platforms. According to the researchers, WhatsApp saves files to external storage-automatically, while Telegram does so when the "Save to Gallery" feature is enabled.
Telegram desktop app leaked users' location when on voice calls
Monday, October 1, 2018, 1:24 PM
Security researcher Dhiraj Mishra discovered that Telegram's desktop version was leaking both public and private IP addresses whenever users made voice calls to its peer-to-peer framework. While the mobile app offers the option to turn off peer-to-peer calls, unlike the desktop app. This could open the users to attack or reveal their exact location.