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Iran blocks encrypted messaging apps amid nationwide protests

Iran blocks encrypted messaging apps amid nationwide protests

For the past six days, citizens have taken to the streets across Iran, protesting government oppression and the rising cost of goods. Video broadcasts from the country have shown increasingly intense clashes between protesters and riot police, with as many as 21 people estimated to have died since the protests began. But a complex fight is also raging online, as protesters look for secure channels where they can organize free of government interference. Even before the protest, Iran’s government blocked…

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Despite end-to-end encryption, your WhatsApp and Telegram chats can be spied on

Despite end-to-end encryption, your WhatsApp and Telegram chats can be spied on

Even though WhatsApp promises end-to-end encryption on all of its chats, and Telegram offers end-to-end encryption on secret chats, the truth is that messages on these platforms can still be hacked. The reason is because the messaging apps still rely on phone networks that use Signalling System No. 7, better known as SS7. You might recall that back in April, we told you about SS7 when we passed along a story shown on 60 Minutes about hacking. SS7 is a…

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The secret American origins of Telegram, the encrypted messaging app favored by the Islamic State

The secret American origins of Telegram, the encrypted messaging app favored by the Islamic State

An encrypted communications app called Telegram has been in the news a lot this week, amid fears that the Islamic State has adopted it as its preferred platform for messaging. On Nov. 18, Telegram reportedly banned 78 ISIS-related channels, “disturbed” to learn how popular the app had become among extremists. Those extremists had used the app both to spread propaganda, according to an October report, and to crowdfund money for guns and rockets, according to Vocativ. Telegram makes an obvious…

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