Telegram developer Pavel Durov criticized WhatsApp for numerous backdoors and vulnerabilities and urged users to remove the messenger.[dropcap]E[/dropcap]arlier this week, it was reported that the WhatsApp messenger recently fixed a critical error that could allow attackers to remotely compromise a device and steal protected chat messages and files.
The founder of Telegram Pavel Durov decided to speak about the incident. He notes that back in May of this year he predicted that backdoors would continue to be found on WhatsApp, and wrote that the messenger should definitely not be trusted.
“WhatsApp not only does not protect your messages, but it is also constantly used as a Trojan horse to monitor your photos and messages that are not related to WhatsApp”, – writes Durov.
He also adds that Facebook has been cooperating with intelligence agencies for a long time, it is tracing people, and it is unlikely that the company’s policy has changed much after the acquisition of WhatsApp.
According to Pavel Durov, after discovering a backdoor this week, Facebook tried to confuse the public, saying that it had no evidence that the backdoor was exploited by hackers.
Of course, there is no such evidence, because in order to get it, it is necessary to be able to analyze the videos exchanged by WhatsApp users, and WhatsApp does not store video files on its servers permanently (instead, it sends unencrypted messages and multimedia to the vast majority of users directly to Google and Apple servers).
“Users can be assured that a vulnerability of this scale will certainly be exploited, just like the previous WhatsApp backdoor was used against human rights defenders and journalists naive enough to be WhatsApp users”, – says Durov, referring to the lawsuit between Facebook and the NSO Group, the reason for which was another vulnerability in WhatsApp.
Durov explains that despite the ever-growing evidence that WhatsApp is just a decoy for people who still trust Facebook in 2019, there is a possibility that WhatsApp accidentally introduces critical vulnerabilities in all of its applications every few months.
However, the Telegram developer very much doubts this, because in the six years that have passed since the launch, Telegram, a similar application in its complexity, has not had serious problems at the WhatsApp level. It is unlikely that anyone on a regular basis accidentally makes serious security errors that are so convenient for snooping.
[box]Representatives of Facebook did not react in any way on the attack of the scandalous Telegram developer.[/box]
“Regardless of the true intentions of the parent WhatsApp company, the recommendations for end users are the same: if you do not want all your photos and messages to be publicly available sooner or later, you must remove WhatsApp from your phone”, – sums up Durov.