Pavel Durov and Snowden argue about the security of Telegram and WhatsApp

A former employee of the national security Agency USA Edward Snowden called WhatsApp messenger is more secure than Telegram. The founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov said that this was untrue and called vulnerabilities WhatsApp.

As reported by VC, one Twitter user asked Snowden what he thinks of Telegram Pavel Durov, ex-CIA officer said that by default this service is less secure than WhatsApp, which can be dangerous for “non-experts”. Now WhatsApp use end-to-end encryption by default, whereas in the Telegram this method is only used in the “secret” chats.

In response, Pavel Durov said that “the majority of WhatsApp users keep all correspondence in clear text to Google Drive and iCloud.

“As a result, 80% of the messages in WhatApp and 100% metadata stored in USA and available to American intelligence agencies. Even if one opts to disable these backups, other users may store them. It is zero protection for groups on WhatsApp,” said Durov.

Snowden said that the behavior of external services means less than the work of the application and recommended Durova to respond to criticism through the description of the changes to the service and not to Twitter.

Snowden himself advises his followers to use Tor or secure messenger Signal. According to him, it is not the ideal recipe to preserve privacy, but Signal is stronger than Allo from Google.

Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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