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News in brief: Telegram crack “fake”; superuser passwords leaked; election systems “critical infrastructure”

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Telegram crack “likely to be fake”

Telegram spokespersonMarkus Ra has denied a claim that the secure instant messaging app has been compromised,telling Business Insider“We think the report is likely to be fake”.

The claim is made in one of a collection of memos published by BuzzFeed that contain, in the site’s own words, “unverified, and potentially unverifiable allegations” about one Donald J Trump.

Alongside its unsubstantiated claims about the president-elect the document also assertsthat Telegramhas been “cracked” byRussian intelligence:

In terms of other technical IT platforms, an FSB cyber operative flagged up the ‘Telegram’ enciphered commercial system as having been of especial concern and therefore heavily targeted by the FSB, not least because it was used frequently by Russian internal political activists and oppositionists. His/her understanding was that the FSB now successfully had cracked...(continued)
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