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Telegram founder warns WhatsApp users to stay away from the app, and the reason will shock you

Telegram founder and CEO have yet again released a statement on his official Twitter Channel stating that WhatsApp users are at continuous risk from hackers who might have full access to everything which the user has on the smartphone. Durov also warned WhatsApp users to not share all data on FB.

Saumya Nigam Edited By: Saumya Nigam @snigam04 Noida Updated on: October 07, 2022 13:29 IST
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Image Source : PAVEL DUROV-TWITTER Pavel Durov

Telegram founder- Pavel Durov on Thursday again claimed that WhatsApp users are at continuous risk as the hackers could have full access to everything on users’ smartphones. ALSO READ: WhatsApp, Zoom and Google Duo may require telecom licence to operate in India

Pavel posted on his Telegram channel, saying that there was a security issue disclosed by WhatsApp itself last week, which gained the news. The story was about a critical bug revealed by WhatsApp, which was patched later

India Tv - Pavel Durov Channel

Image Source : TELEGRAMPavel Durov Channel

Below is the entire post which Pavel posted on his official Telegram channel:

This was possible through a security issue disclosed by WhatsApp itself last week. All a hacker had to do to control your phone was send you a malicious video or start a video call with you on WhatsApp.

You are probably thinking "Yeah, but if I updated WhatsApp to the latest version, I am safe, right"?

Not really.

A WhatsApp security issue exactly like this one was discovered in 2018, then another in 2019 and yet another one in 2020 (tap each year's link to see the corresponding vulnerability). And yes, in 2017 before that. Prior to 2016, WhatsApp didn't have encryption at all.

Every year, we learn about some issue in WhatsApp that puts everything on their users' devices at risk. Which means it's almost certain that a new security flaw already exists there. Such issues are hardly incidental – they are planted backdoors. If one backdoor is discovered and has to be removed, another one is added (read the post "Why WhatsApp will never be secure" to understand why).

It doesn't matter if you are the richest person on earth – if you have WhatsApp installed on your phone, all your data from every app on your device is accessible, as Jeff Bezos found out in 2020. That's why I deleted WhatsApp from my devices years ago. Having it installed creates a door to get into your phone.

I'm not pushing people to switch to Telegram here. With 700M+ active users and 2M+ daily signups, Telegram doesn't need additional promotion. You can use any messaging app you like, but do stay away from WhatsApp – it has now been a surveillance tool for 13 years.

India Tv - Pavel Durov Channel

Image Source : TELEGRAMPavel Durov Channel

About Pavel's Warnings

Earlier also, Pavel warned people about WhatsApp’s security in November 2019, when the CEO of Telegram asked users to delete the app from their handsets if they would want to prevent their messages and photos from being leaked.

In 2021, Telegram Founder stated that the new WhatsApp terms ask users to feed all their private data to Facebook. Now, he said that he is not pushing people to switch to Telegram, but just to beware.

Inputs from IANS

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