back to article Telegram settles lawsuit against ex-staffer who claimed FSB links

While secure messaging app Telegram has been in the headlines for its losing battle with Russia's FSB intelligence agency, it's also been battling an ex-staffer in a little-reported lawsuit that sheds light on the secretive organisation. The just-settled dispute between Telegram-linked Telegraph LLC and former developer Anton …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Another article written on speculation

    The carefully worded undertone of the article (and the subheader) seeks to imply that Telegram is directly or indirectly controlled or influenced by the Kremlin.

    To this I can say that I have personal knowledge from 2.5 years ago that the Durovs' relationship with the Kremlin was mutually hostile, same as that of other like entrepreneurs, such as Mr Volozh.

    Compare that with the relationship of US social media giants (in particular Alphabet) with their government. I realise that Britain has always considered Russia its enemy, but is it really necessary to twist the scarce facts available into baseless speculation every time that Russia is involved?

    PS: Not defending Telegram or any other "social media" platform that is centrally controlled and totally or partially closed-source. Online messaging provides generally poor assurances of security, but if needing to use, self-hosted XMPP with OTR enabled is one of the few reasonable ways to go (and only for low-level security requirements where leaking some meta-data is not fatal).

    1. Alister

      Re: Another article written on speculation

      I realise that Britain has always considered Russia its enemy...

      I'm not sure that that is the case, and certainly not to the extent that America has taken it, both in the 50s, and now again in the present.

      I completely agree with you that the article seems determined to cast doubt on Telegram's integrity, and surely, if any software written in Russia is to be considered a security risk, then exactly the same should be said of any software written in America.

      I'm quite sure the NSA and other shadowy organisations are doing their best to subvert American software to their own ends, either with or without the agreement of the software companies.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Another article written on speculation

      Mr. Durov said that the Telegram team is constantly traveling around the world, and the headquarter is in Berlin. But now it turned out that the office of Telegram did not move anywhere and all these years was in Russia, in the same building as the VKontakte office. Although Durov claimed that VKontakte owners are connected with the Kremlin and took VKontakte away from him because of political issues.

    3. phuzz Silver badge

      Re: Another article written on speculation

      "I realise that Britain has always considered Russia its enemy"

      It depends if you count always as 'only for the last fifty years and no more'. Or have you forgotten that the Soviet Union was a valued ally of both the UK and the USA during the latter half of World War 2?

  2. Bob Dole (tm)

    Editor Sick today?

    That's potentially troubling is that while VK was founded by a chap named Pavel Durov, who in 2014 wrote that “Today, VKontakte goes under the complete control of Igor Sechin and Alisher Usmanov”.

    I read that 3 times trying to decode it's meaning. Then I stopped reading the article a few paragraphs later when it was impossible to ignore that coherent thoughts are in short supply in this entire piece. Fix please.

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