Neowin: Russia blocks Telegram – company responds by saying that updates will bypass ban

Neowin: Russia blocks Telegram – company responds by saying that updates will bypass ban. “Russia’s Tagansky court has announced that Telegram access in the country will be blocked due to a failure of Telegram to provide encryption keys to the Federal Security Service (FSB) that it could have used to decrypt user messages if the need had arisen. The court’s judge announced that the ban will be made instantly and that it will remain the case until Telegram provides encryption keys to the FSB.”

The Star Online: Iran to block Telegram, nation’s widely used social media app

The Star Online: Iran to block Telegram, nation’s widely used social media app. “Telegram, the most popular social media app in Iran, will be blocked nationwide, state media reported Sunday. The semi-official Fars news agency quoted Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi, the telecommunications minister, as saying the app used by an estimated 40 million Iranians – half the population – would be blocked starting 10am April 9.”

TechCrunch: Telegram chalks up 200M MAUs for its messaging app

TechCrunch: Telegram chalks up 200M MAUs for its messaging app. “Another usage milestone for messaging platform Telegram: It’s announced passing 200M monthly active users ‘within the last 30 days’. The platform passed 100M MAUs back in February 2016, when it held a lavish party at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona to celebrate the metric. At the time it said it was adding 350k new users daily and that there were 15 billion messages generated daily.”

ZDNet: Telegram told to give encryption keys to Russian authorities

ZDNet: Telegram told to give encryption keys to Russian authorities. “A top Russian court has told encrypted messaging app Telegram to share its encryption keys with state authorities. Telegram, founded by Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov, has been fighting an effort by the FSB, the state’s security service formerly known as the KGB, which last year demanded that the company hand over its private encryption keys.”

Ars Technica: Critical Telegram flaw under attack disguised malware as benign images

Ars Technica: Critical Telegram flaw under attack disguised malware as benign images. “Makers of the Telegram instant messenger have fixed a critical vulnerability that hackers were actively exploiting to install malware on users’ computers, researchers said Tuesday. The flaw, which resided in the Windows version of the messaging app, allowed attackers to disguise the names of attached files, researchers from security firm Kaspersky Lab said in a blog post. By using the text-formatting standard known as Unicode, attackers were able to cause characters in file names to appear from right to left, instead of the left-to-right order that’s normal for most Western languages.”

Al Jazeera: What unblocking Telegram app means to Iranians

Al Jazeera: What unblocking Telegram app means to Iranians. “Telegram is arguably the most popular social media application in Iran. So it will come as a relief to its estimated 40 million users – nearly half of Iran’s population – that the government decided this week to lift restrictions on the app that were put in place during anti-government demonstrations last month.”