Pavel Durov called WhatsApp a monitoring tool and advised to
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Pavel Durov called WhatsApp a monitoring tool and advised to stay away from this messenger

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.

    Image source: WhatsApp

Image source: WhatsApp

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.

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