You’re trying to protect yourself from the hacks and data breaches that make headlines every week. Great! Maybe you even switched to an encrypted messaging service that specifically touts its strong data protections. Smart! Or was it? In today’s security climate, apparently no good deed goes unpunished. Reuters reported today that more than a dozen Iranian Telegram accounts, the messaging app “with a focus on security,” have been compromised in the last year thanks to an SMS text message vulnerability. That may not sound like many, but the whole idea of Telegram is that no one can read your messages at all. Any breach at all is troubling. Additionally—and perhaps more alarmingly—the hackers were able to access the phone numbers of 15 million Iranian Telegram users.
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