Earlier this week, a company called Telegram announced a “secure” mobile messaging product. How secure? In their words of their FAQ, “very secure.” Curious to learn more, I went to look at the protocol, and immediately had a number of questions and concerns. However, when pressed on technical details by others, they responded with the academic credentials of their developers (math Ph.Ds) instead of engaging in a more reasonable dialog. They also declined my suggestions for collaboration of any kind.
Most recently, they’ve chosen to respond to the concerns of the security community with… a crypto cracking contest!