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Durov against WhatsApp. Whether there is a safe messenger?


The creator of Telegram was not surprised by the serious vulnerabilities which are earlier revealed in WhatsApp. Whether it is possible to be sure that your correspondence in any messenger will not get into strange hands in general? Photo: Thomas White/Reuters Pavel Durov criticized WhatsApp, but added that news about vulnerability in this messenger did not surprise him. The chance to reproach the competitor to the creator of Telegram dropped out after it became known that via WhatsApp the espionage Pegasus program got into smartphones of users of the messenger. This program — a product of the Israeli company NSO Group which does not hide that it is engaged in production of the software for intelligence agencies. Durov's attacks to the competitor are quite logical, however, according to experts if vulnerable was phone of the user, then from the third eyes not to hide correspondence already in any of messengers. "Every time when WhatsApp has to correct critical vulnerability in the application, on its place appears new" — Pavel Durov wrote. In WhatsApp said earlier that work on elimination of a problem and already released the corresponding update. Reported about vulnerability of the messenger to the espionage Pegasus program to The Financial Times. The hacker just calls on phone of the victim via WhatsApp, and it does not even need to answer — the smartphone is infected, and the Pegasus program allows to turn on far off the camera and the microphone of the smartphone, to collect data on location of the user and also to study messages and e-mail. That is, how the same Telegram ciphered correspondence, on the screen of the end user it is all the same deciphered and if someone got into phone, it is not important as, there are no secrets any more. If the device is not infected yet, there is an option instantly to delete chats which maintenance the user wants to leave in secret, the information security expert of the Cisco Systems company Alexey Lukatsky says. Alexey Lukatsky is an information security expert of the Cisco Systems company "If there is no backup copy and if we are sure that producers of the messenger really delete all correspondence, but not just mark it as remote as, for example, became in VKontakte, then removal of correspondence means that more nobody will be able to read it. But if the producer leaves it on the servers and deletes not at once or at all does not delete, then it means that in the theory at the request of, for example, intelligence agencies or by hacking of servers of messengers malefactors can get access even to, apparently, remote correspondence". In the comment of the expert the word "if" sounded three times. And if recommendations are still necessary how to behave in messengers, here council of the founder and owner of the processing company ChronoPay Pavel Vrublevsky: Pavel Vrublevsky the founder and the owner of the processing company ChronoPay "I personally always accept everything that is connected with safety of messengers or a statement about safety of messengers because I perceive any messenger when I in it communicate with someone as conference communication with the specialist with humor

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