Telegram founder advises to remove WhatsApp for security issues

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Telegram founder Pavel Dourov advises to remove the WhatsApp application. He believes on his Telegram channel that its new vulnerabilities can allow hackers to have access to personal data of users.

On his Telegram channel, Pavel Durov calls WhatsApp users to give up the app and explains why:

“In May, I predicted that the backdoor doors of WhatsApp would stop being discovered and that major problems would appear one after the other, as has been the case in the past.”
According to him, the new vulnerabilities of WhatsApp make accessible the personal data of users to hackers.

“This week, a new weak spot was discovered on WhatsApp […]. The only thing the hacker had to do was send you a video, and all your personal data was in his hands, “said the founder of Telegram. And to add:
“If you do not want all your photos and messages to become accessible, delete WhatsApp.”

“Telegram and WhatsApp are competitors”

Still, Mobile Research Group’s senior analyst, Eldar Murtazin, told Govorit Moskva radio that removing WhatsApp messaging made no sense. He explained that Telegram and WhatsApp were competitors, and that Pavel Durov’s app “was trying to devour WhatsApp which is more popular.”

“Yes, WhatsApp is older and has inherited more things. But they [WhatsApp, Telegram, note] provide the same level of security to their users. There are no big differences,” said Mourtazine.

The flaw found on WhatsApp

Recently, Mark Zuckerberg’s company, which also owns WhatsApp messaging, has warned of hackers able to gain access to smartphones through fake calls on WhatsApp.

Facebook warned that a failure in the security system could allow hackers to send “a specially crafted MP4 file” to Android and iOS users. This flaw resembles those discovered in the spring that were used to infect phones with malicious code, developed by the Israeli company NSO Group, which could have been injected into phones even if the users had not taken the phone.

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