According to a study, hackers and co. Discover Telegram as an alternative to the Darknet to buy and sell stolen data and unauthorized tools.
Marketplaces for financial data, hacking guides and malware discovered at Telegram
Telegram, on the other hand, is much less moderated. “Secret chats” can be activated in the app in order to use end-to-end encryption. Self-destructing messages are also available as a function in this context. These options are not available for the huge group chats. But to get into this, you first need an accessLink.
Huge channel for selling access data only deleted after notification from the Financial Times
Cyberint has now discovered real marketplaces for cyber criminals. For example, there was the “combolist” channel (the title is a reference to a list of access data), which had over 47,000 subscribers. Huge data sets have been sold there. The Telegram channel was only discontinued when the Financial Times asked the app about it. Telegram only told the Financial Times that data that was not shared with the consent of users would be removed from the app.
However, Cyberint was able to find various groups and channels in the study that offered financial and personal data, hacking guides and tools as well as various malware. In addition, the number of links to Telegram channels that were shared in forums on the dark web rose from around 172,000 in 2020 to over a million this year.
Now those responsible have to ask themselves whether they continue to be negligent with the content in the app and maintain the lax moderation. Should that be the case, Telegram will not be able to shed its status as an obscure messaging alternative – on the contrary.