Telegram emerges as new dark web for cyber criminals

Telegram has exploded as a hub for cybercriminals looking to buy, sell and share stolen data and hacking tools, new research shows, as the messaging app emerges as an alternative to the dark web.

Links to Telegram groups or channels shared inside forums on the dark web jumped to more than 1m in 2021, from 172,035 the previous year, as hackers increasingly direct users to the platform as an easier-to-use alternative or parallel information centre.

Samra said the transition for cybercriminals from the dark web to Telegram was taking place in part because of the anonymity afforded by encryption – but noted that many of these groups were also public.


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