German police hacked Telegram

21 December 2017
German technical publication Motherboard published information that the German police managed to hack previously impregnable messenger - Telegram. The publication reports that employees of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany (Bundeskriminalamt), using special software called Bundestrojaner, were able to bypass the messenger's protection. This made it possible to intercept messages of the right users, as well as gain access to their accounts.Interestingly, Bundeskriminalamt employees had already used this method to gain access to the accounts of ultranationalists who planned to set fire to an immigrant hostel, back in 2015. In total, during the same year, Bundestrojaner helped the police hack 32 Telegram accounts. It is worth noting, however, that the mentioned software is only capable of hacking unencrypted chats, while the specialists from Germany still have not managed to cope with end-to-end encryption. On the other hand, many Telegram users have no idea about the need to activate this function on their own.