Telegram in trouble in Russian Federation after $1.7 billion ICO

Telegram in trouble in Russian Federation after $1.7 billion ICO

Telegram in trouble in Russian Federation after $1.7 billion ICO

A Moscow court ordered telecommunications companies to block Telegram in Russian Federation after the chat app refused to grant intelligence authorities access to users' encrypted messages, in a blow to the company just weeks after it raised $1.7 billion from investors. Moscow's Tagansky court said access to Telegram will be denied until the FSB's demands are met.

The company claims it doesn't have those keys because it uses end-to-end encryption, where users - not Telegram - have the keys to their own secret messages.

Russia's media regulator had sought to block the app because the firm has refused to hand over encryption keys used to scramble messages.

In September previous year, the FSB security service demanded encryption keys, Mr Durov said, prompting a formal complaint when the request was rejected.

Russian Federation has banned popular messaging app Telegram in the country due to the refusal of the firm's officials to hand over their encryption keys. The government in Russian Federation has been asking Telegram to create a backdoor so that it can monitor messages being shared on the platform. In order to comply, Telegram would have to make users' conversations readable by the government. It will be hard for the government to hard press Telegram since the company has the "luxury of not caring about revenue streams or ad sales", Durov said on his Telegram channel. The app´s creator Pavel Durov banned lawyers representing Telegram from attending the court hearing so as not to legitimise it. This is the court satisfying the demand of telecommunications watchdog of Russian Federation. Telegram founder Pavel Durov agreed to register the service in Russian Federation. In an online statement Friday, Telegram founder Pavel Durov continued to resist Russia's demands, saying the government lacked the means to punish his company for its noncompliance.

Third-party VPN/Proxy-might be overloaded, which is likely to result in slow operation during the first hours after the block. Both opposition politicians and Kremlin officials use it to stay in touch, and self-described insiders publish anonymous leaks of varying reliability from inside the halls of power.

However, Telegram is also popular among human rights activists for the same reason, as it allows them to communicate relatively securely to a large group of people.

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