December 18, 2023, 17:17

Telegram is actually a legal dark web, the state should pay special attention to

Today, as cyber warfare drags on in Ukraine, it is important to understand and walk the fine line between convenience and security. In particular, this applies to the use of the Telegram online messaging applications, which have relationships with Russia. Therefore, the state should develop appropriate mechanisms governing interaction with this auxiliary messenger.

It was emphasized by Yegor Aushev, an expert at the Institute of Cyber Warfare Research, during an event at the BrainHub country’s main discussion platform at the Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“Telegram actually emerges as a legal dark web to go to, where information of various kinds can now be disseminated, the information there is absolutely uncontrolled, literally meaning that no one can gain control over it. This darknet-like messenger is where a lot of information is shared, including leaks about our military across various anonymous illicit Telegram groups. It’s also an outlet for child pornography, and drug sales in abundance. There is nothing one can do about that, and that’s where the problem arises, and we all have to deal with it today. Therefore, government agencies should pay more attention to it, discuss it, including holding discussions with the expert community, start interacting and work out a mechanism to address activities sheltered by this messaging service,” he emphasized.

He noted that one of the problems seen in the Telegram messenger is ties with Russia. However, I am convinced that this problem should be considered much more broadly because it is a cybersecurity supply chain and the links between these products and Russia.

For his part, he emphasized the importance of considering aspects of this issue at the state level together with the expert community and making a kind of checklist, according to which it is possible to incorporate and allow the use of such software at the state and military levels, or to ban it.

BrainHub is the country’s main discussion platform created by Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform. It brings together experts from the state and civil society sectors. BrainHub hosts intellectual discussions around the issues of the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine. It’s the birthplace of the best ideas that will become the foundation for the road map of Ukraine’s reconstruction in all sectors: economy, infrastructure, education, agriculture, security, digital, etc. 

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