Telegram has made a name for itself in being a highly secure messaging platform. Perhaps too secure that it was recently kicked out of the iTunes App Store by Apple following reports it has become a haven for sick people sharing child pornography. Additionally, there are reports that ISIS has found it to be a very reliable messaging platform as it has proven too tough a nut-to-crack for anti-terrorism authorities.
That is why it is very astonishing that hackers have found a way to exploit it to implant crypto miners on users’ PCs to mine digital currencies like Monero, Fantomcoin, and Zcash among others. This revelation was made by Kaspersky, who discovered a vulnerability in the desktop app of Telegram.
Kaspersky says the desktop app has a vulnerability that allowed attackers to trick Telegram users into downloading malicious files, which upon their installation delivered cryptocurrency mining software and other forms of spyware. The attackers then remotely used the computers on which their malware was implanted to mine the cryptos. Kaspersky furthers says it found a stolen cache of data from Telegram in one of these attackers’ servers.
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