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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:03

Only that there was one more reason to sneer at this point. It turned out that the "anonymous" messengers provide all the necessary information about users, and to get it is not difficult.
Fashion for anonymity

Against the background of scandals around the global surveillance, which leads the US National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies, on the Internet there was a real fashion for anonymity. If earlier it was about proxy servers and other complex and often unstable anonymization schemes, now the market is ready products, offering privacy to enjoy without much difficulty. In particular the rapidly growing popularity of anonymous messengers.
The harsh reality

But advertising does not always correspond to the real possibilities of such developments. Messenger Yik Yak, as it turned out, ready to open to hackers any known him secrets. This application is popular among American youth, which hopes to have conversations on any topic without having to hide the correspondence from relatives. However, it has to record important information about the user that the message reaches its destination. These smart phones are integrated GPS-module, information about accounts, telephone numbers, passwords, ... Messengers use the Internet connection through which it is possible to trace exactly where the message was sent. Mobile operators have all this data by default, though, and promise not to tell anyone.
holey messengers

In the case of the Yik Yak hackers do not even need to break into servers telecoms. The fact that the application automatically transmits all user information research firm Flurry. The system has no password, so it is sufficient to know the user ID to hack his account. ID can be stolen from poorly protected Flurry, and then you either get access to the correspondence, or to continue to dig as deep as needed.

Over the past year, security holes and other problems were detected in all of the popular "anonymous" messengers. This Secret and Whisper, and even the most popular Snapchat, who does not hide the user name, but promises to erase the message itself over time. Practice has shown that the secret information can be deleted or declassify or revive.



Secret Annex offers to share secrets, but hackers using code that simulates user activity (bot) quickly learned who the secret in the network. Whisper, both told the publication The Guardian, collects a wealth of information about their users up to their location. Posts in Snapchat, which were to be removed, turned out to be encrypted, but not destroyed. Hackers restore them many times, which led to a series of scandals. Moreover, in the past year attackers managed to steal 4.6 million usernames and passwords, using the vulnerability of the system Find Friends.
Authorities are not interested in the anonymization network

Experts believe that global systems like Tor anonymizing able to partially solve this problem. However, at the moment in the world there is no one really confidential messenger. The dream of anonymity remains only a dream.

The reasons are many, and the lack of necessary technologies, perhaps, can not be considered the main one. For the authorities of all countries of the world absolutely closed, impersonal and secure messenger - the most dangerous enemy. Here you can plan attacks, to plot coups, advertise drugs and distribute links to child pornography and other illegal products.


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