According to a Telegram probe by cybersecurity researchers, millions of people’s sensitive data is being publicly exchanged in the app’s groups and channels with thousands of members.
Cybercriminals are utilising the popular encrypted communications platform Telegram to share and debate big data leaks, exposing millions of individuals to unprecedented levels of online fraud, hacking, and attack, according to research from VPN service vpnMentor.
NortonLifeLock recently discovered evidence of a growing criminal marketplace on Telegram, where unscrupulous people sell everything from Covid-19 vaccines and personal information to pirated software and fake IDs.
What is the Crime growing in Telegram?
Researchers from vpnMentor have published a report that examines the growing tendency of cybercriminals sharing leaked data on Telegram.
Their team joined various cybercrime-focused Telegram groups and channels to get a firsthand look at the unlawful communications between illegal actors.
Hackers were publicly sharing data dumps on channels with over 10,000 users, which surprised them. Worse yet, the unscrupulous individuals aren’t bashful about discussing how to use the data dumps for various illicit operations.
Furthermore, compared to the dark web, Telegram has a lower barrier of entry and is impervious to Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) assaults and site takedowns, which threaten the operations of cybercriminal enterprises on the normal online.
While the research acknowledges Telegram’s “limited measures” to eliminate hacking-related groups, it hasn’t made much of an impact.