For years, the dark web has served as a hub for criminal organizations online. But increasingly, these nefarious individuals have started to move their activities to a new platform: Telegram.

The instant messaging service now ranks as one of the world’s fastest-growing applications. Hundreds of millions of users love the service thanks for the apps strict privacy futures and limited contact moderation.

But such hands off approach has attracted scores of bad actors. Telegram channels now service marketplaces for counterfeiters, identity thieves, and other organized criminal groups.

All of which makes Telegram a valuable source of threat intelligence. Yet despite the app’s rapid growth, many security leaders have never heard of it.

In this episode of the LifeRaft Security Conversation Series, resident OSINT analyst Spencer Oliphant explains exactly what is Telegram and how security teams can mine this site for a useful intelligence.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • Why failing to monitor Telegram represents a big blind spot in many corporate security programs.
  • How hate groups exploit Telegram to recruit new members and spread their message.
  • The type of threats security analysts often detect on Telegram.
  • The thriving online market places for stolen Covid vaccines and fake vaccination passports.
  • The biggest mistake security teams make when conducting investigations on Telegram.



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