Telegram founder Pavel Durov warned about serious security problems with WhatsApp, which the developers of the messenger themselves are talking about reported last week. All a hacker needs to do is send a malicious video or start a WhatsApp video call to get hold of the data stored on a user’s smartphone.
Anyone who thinks that updating the messenger to the latest version will eliminate vulnerabilities is hugely mistaken, says Durov. This isn’t the first time WhatsApp has encountered such security issues – something similar happened back in 2017, 2018, and 2020. And every time after a critical vulnerability in Messenger was fixed, another one was discovered. Until 2016, WhatsApp didn’t use encryption at all.
A vulnerability in WhatsApp in 2020 affected Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, whose phone was hacked using a malicious video. Durov himself removed WhatsApp from his devices a few years ago. He noted that he will not push users to switch to Telegram. With over 700 million active users and 2 million daily registrations, Telegram doesn’t need any additional advertising. “You can use any messaging app, but stay away from WhatsApp – it’s been a spy tool for 13 years.” Pavel Durov warns.