Communicate on Telegram is safer than on WhatsApp, said Dmitry Peskov, the special representative of the President of the Russian Federation on digital and technological development.
Recall that on September 16, Edward Snowden, a former employee of the US National Security Agency (NSA), who was granted asylum in Russia, said in an interview with a French radio station that senior officials should not use the WhatsApp messenger due to the low level of encryption. However, he added, both WhatsApp and Telegram are better than SMS or other unencrypted messages.
According to Peskov, Telegram messenger is superior to WhatsApp in terms of security, although there are no means of communication that guarantee absolute security.
“Absolutely safe means of communication does not exist. Until we made a quantum messenger, there are no safe means, ” Peskov said.
Peskov also said that there is no ready-made solution for the domestic messenger for civil servants in Russia, however, there is a sense in such an application, and it will be useful.
“If we understand the physical possibility, then, of course, we will create messengers based on quantum technologies for civil servants in the Russian Federation. But for now, this is too long a story,” Peskov added.
Peskov noted that at the present time Mail.ru and Sberbank are working on the creation of the Russian messenger. According to Peskov, “there are some serious developments of the domestic messengers: much work is being done in the company Mail.ru and there is a big project in Sberbank. I have not seen a solution that would be ready for implementation now.”
“But, choosing between using the WhatsApp solution and using the Telegram solution, the choice of the Telegram solution from the point of view of communication security is completely obvious,” said the special representative of the President of the Russian Federation.
He added that he uses both messengers.