Telegram is one of the most popular chat apps in the world, thanks to its encrypted nature, and it also has one of the most powerful enemies in the world.
After almost a year of governmental pressure towards the developers, who would not give access to users’ data, Telegram was banned in Russia.
Back in 2017, the Federal Security Service (FSB), KGB’s successor in Russia, wanted Telegram to give them access to the decryption keys.
FSB planned to read user messages to boost its anti-terror measures, as Telegram has been used in the past by organizations like ISIS. According to FSB, the suicide bomber who killed 15 people in the St. Petersburg metro terror attack last year also used Telegram to plan his moves.
However, Telegram Founder Pavel Durov refused to provide such access, since the app was designed with privacy and security in mind. Telegram’s fate in Russia seems to be sealed now, after FSB and other groups managed to get a court of law to ban the app, effective immediately.
Of course, Telegram has a month to exhaust all the available appeals, but its future in Russia looks grim.
Meanwhile, in the US, the authorities are rushing to buy GrayKey devices to crack iPhones, after failing to convince Apple to install backdoors in their devices.