Recently, hackers have acquired 15 mobile phone numbers from millions of users from Iran. OR interception was carried out via the Telegram messaging app, while gaining access to more than 12 accounts. This, as security researchers claim, was achieved by monitoring the SMS confirmation codes of each phone number.
The danger that emerges here is that encryption could potentially be used against governments. In this case, tapping was done by a team cyberespionage. The team, had some connection with the Iranian government and managed to locate 15 millions Iranians users of Telegram.
Telegram reported these attacks on a blog but underestimated their importance. He further argued that the information about which accounts are linked to which phone numbers they have to be public. Otherwise, users will not be able to communicate with their friends or anyone they wish through app.
The company knows that Telegram's bills may be hacked by offending codes SMS, but this is not a new problem. Last year, he introduced an optional two-factor authentication feature that combines SMS passwords and passwords. The company has encouraged users in some countries to activate this action if they are afraid they are danger their mobile phone operator to track SMS passwords. This operation theoretically does not allow the attacker to do anything. The Telegram was called to translate the function into Farsi language, so that the Iranians could users to use it more easily.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA, is considering withdrawing SMS as a second factor of authentication (2-factor authentication) to secure government systems information technology and communications.