FSB can decrypt unclassified chats in Telegram
The FSB is capable of decrypting unclassified Telegram chats, but this is not about mass surveillance of users. Igor Bederov, head of the Internet-search company, spoke about this in an interview with the all-Russian educational project "Digital Journalism".
According to Bederov, FSB officers can read the Telegram correspondence of specific citizens within the framework of specific criminal cases, and not all messages of all users of the messenger. As the expert explained, these suspects must first be identified. For this purpose, FSB officers, who have at their disposal the phone number of the desired user tied to Telegram, can contact the telecom operator and oblige him to pass this user's traffic through special products. In particular, through the "thresher" - a special analyzer capable of detecting Telegram traffic in the flow of the user's general traffic, and "decryption" - a solution for decrypting unclassified correspondence in the messenger.
According to Bederov, he personally "saw the development of decoding unclassified Telegram chats" in St. Petersburg. “As far as I know, the Ministry of Internal Affairs does not apply it at all. The FSB is silent about this, ”he added.