The app has also been embroiled in polemics, ranging from friction with the Russian government and the FBI, to leaked conversations between Justice Minister Srgio Moro and Federal Prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol, revealed by the site. The Intercept Brasil. This Wednesday (12), the application revealed to have been the target of a DDoS attack and used a fast food analogy to explain the problem. Here are seven curious and controversial facts about Telegram.
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1. DDoS Attack Unusually Explained
Telegram used Twitter to tell on Wednesday that it was dealing with a DDoS attack. This type of problem is relatively common in large Internet services, and occurs when there is a purposeful excess of requests to servers in an attempt to bring down an online service. What caught the eye this time was the creative explanation given by the app, which used a crowded fast food diner as an example.
Imagine that an army of lemmings (characters from a classic game for Commodore Girlfriend) has passed you in front of the McDonalds line and each is asking for a Whopper (Burger King sandwich). The server is busy telling the lemmings that they went to the wrong place but there are so many of them that the server can't see you and take your order.
The server is busy telling the whopper lemmings they come to the wrong place but there are so many of them that the server can't even see you to try and take your order. (2/2)
– June 12, 2019
The attack affected several users in the world, but was resolved about an hour later.
Commonly referred to as a Russian app, Telegram doesn't want to be known that way. Founded by Russian brothers Pavel and Nikolai Durov, an entrepreneur and other programmer and mathematician, the app actually has a history of friction with the Russian government. Since April 2018, the messenger has been blocked in the country by order of the Federal Telecommunications Supervision Service, known as Roskomnadzor.
According to Russian authorities, the reason would be Telegram's refusal to grant access to messages from users. Prior to the ban, the app suffered a series of obstacles, with about 17 million IPs blocked by the Kremlin-connected communications monitoring agency.
Pavel Durov left Russia in 2014 and, with a $ 250,000 investment, gained citizenship of So Cristvo and Nevis, a small Caribbean island of 55,000. Telegram's operations are currently based in Dubai.
3. Founded by Russian Mark Zuckerberg
Pavel Durov is the most prominent name behind Telegram. He gained notoriety for founding in 2006 the Russian social network VKontakte, currently just called VK. The site quickly became the most used social network in the country, and as a result, Durov began to be nicknamed the Russian Mark Zuckerberg.
In addition to his entrepreneurial career, he shares with Zuck a reputation for having a secretive and mysterious personality. He also gives almost no interviews and accumulates some eccentric situations: once he would have thrown money out the window of one of the VKontakte offices in St. Petersburg.
Pavel Durov creator of Russia's largest social network and Telegram app Photo: Playback / Instagram
Just like Zuckerberg, Durov billionaire. Much of the wealth that came from selling his stake in VKontakte in 2014, he clashed with pre-Putin investors and left the company. At the time, he issued a letter showing dissatisfaction with the direction the social network had taken, supposedly contributing to the Russian government as well as the reason for him to leave the country.
4. Critics of WhatsApp and the FBI
Telegram's founder publicly attacks WhatsApp whenever he can and even suggests that the application has already handed over server keys to US authorities. According to Durov, FBI agents came to visit him while briefly in California on the occasion of Google I / O in 2016 to request access to messages from Telegram users. After hearing the refusal, the equivalent US Federal Police allegedly opted to try to hack into the messenger servers.
One week our team spent in the US in 2016 gave us three FBI infiltration attempts. Imagine what 10 years in this environment can do for a US-based company, Durov wrote in May this year, raising suspicions about WhatsApp security.
5. Lower privacy compared to WhatsApp
Despite constant attacks on rivals, experts comparing messaging apps think Telegram may be at a disadvantage when it comes to protecting privacy. The cause would be end-to-end encryption, a feature that is present by default in WhatsApp, but in Telegram, enabled only in secret chat.
Secret chat is a conversation mode that enables you to enable message self-destruct, block forwarding, and identify when a contact takes print. When this type of chat is in action, the app also does not back up the content in the cloud, which prevents recovery of the history on another device even if the user logs in to your account.
Learn how to put password on Telegram X secret chats on Android Photo: Raquel Freire / dnetc
6. Leak of conversations in Brazil
The application gained more space in the media last Sunday (9) due to leaked conversations between the current Minister of Justice Srgio Moro and the prosecutor of the Federal Public Ministry in Curitiba Deltan Dallagnol. Telegram has ruled out hacking on its servers. According to the app, if the conversations were actually stolen by hackers, chances are the theft occurred by hacking the account with SMS interception, or by infecting the authorities' mobile phones with malware.
Telegram has been venturing into the crypto world and already has a kind of Bitcoin of its own, called Gram. In fact, it is an token, an asset that serves a variety of purposes than conventional cryptocurrencies that seek to emulate money. Telegram held an initial token sale in May 2018, which grossed a record $ 1.7 billion. In July, Gram will be offered for the first time in a cryptographic market to a wider audience. General trading is expected to begin by the end of 2019.
Remember that newspapers like The New York Times and The wall street Journal WhatsApp similar plans revealed: The messenger would be preparing a currency called GlobalCoin, expected to arrive in 2020.