Hackers gain access to accounts of Iranian Telegram users – Update

Aug

3

2016

Hackers in Iran, according to security researchers were able to gain access to “over a dozen” Iranian Telegram accounts. The hack is enabled by intercepting the SMS message is sent to activate Telegram on a new device.

In an interview with Reuters say security researchers, who studied for three years Iranian hackers, that the problem mainly will occur in countries where telephone companies are strongly influenced by the government. According to the researchers, it seems clear strongly that the hacks took place in conjunction with the telephone company, because the latter can easily intercept text messages.

A spokesman Telegram says that users of the service can defend against such attacks not only rely on SMS verification. This is to catch up by setting two-step authentication. In that case, set an additional password, which can not be logged onto a new device without the password. This password is to find out through a recovery email, but as your recovery email account is safe “, that should be no problem, the spokesman said.

Security researchers also noted that the hackers have overtaken 15 million Iranian Telegram numbers of users. They would have done by entering the api to brute-Forcen through millions of songs and find out which numbers to return a user ID. Telegram says that the API has now been adapted, and that it is no longer possible to carry out such a mass checks.

The Berlin-based Telegram is a popular chat programs in Iran; it would have approximately 20 million users. Telegram says it has 100 million active users, mostly in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and South America.

Recently released US National Institute of Standards and Technology outside the text for two-stage authentication deems inappropriate, partly because a phone can, for example be used by a VoIP service. As a solution NIST example shows multifactor authentication.

Update 10:18 pm: Clarification added on getting the 15 million telephone numbers and related to the hack.

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