The founder of messaging app Telegram has urged people to use ‘any messaging app’ apart from WhatsApp to protect their phones from being hacked.
Pavel Durov cited a security bug in WhatsApp last week that could have allowed a hacker to hijack someone’s phone by sending a video to their number.
“Hackers can gain complete access to everything on WhatsApp users’ phones,” he claimed on Telegram.
“Every year we come across some bug in WhatsApp that puts everything on its users’ phones at risk. It doesn’t matter if you are the richest person on earth – if you have WhatsApp installed on your phone, data from every app on your phone is accessible.’
The Russian tech billionaire, who lives in self-imposed exile from his home country, claimed the security flaws were ‘back doors’ to allow governments, law enforcement agencies and hackers to bypass spying and other security measures. can do
Pavel Durov had previously claimed that ‘Unless fundamental changes are made to the way WhatsApp works, it will never be secure.’
Durov has previously claimed that “ WhatsApp will never be secure ” unless fundamental changes are made to how it works.
Telegram, which is known for taking a privacy-first approach to its app, has more than 700 million active users, growing steadily by about 2 million users per day.
This is still only a fraction of WhatsApp’s user base, which numbers approximately 2 billion users worldwide. It is the most popular messaging app in the world ahead of the Chinese-owned app WeChat and Facebook Messenger, which like WhatsApp is owned by Meta.
“I am not pressuring people to switch to Telegram. Telegram does not need additional promotion,” Durov wrote.
“You can use any messaging app you want, but stay away from WhatsApp; it has been a surveillance tool for 13 years.”
“With over 700 million active users and over 2 million daily subscriptions, Telegram needs no extra promotion. You can use any messaging app you want, but stay away from WhatsApp – it’s been a surveillance tool for 13 years now, ” he claimed.
Durov once said that WhatsApp will remain open to surveillance after the Facebook-owned platform had to tell users that their phones might be infected with spyware.
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