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[liberationtech] About Telegram

Steve Weis steveweis at
Wed Apr 2 12:33:38 PDT 2014

As an epilogue, the Telegram client misused a non-secure random number
generator mrand48 for the keys used in their contest. A student, Thijs
Alkemade, was able to recover their keys and decrypt the contest
message transcripts:

On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 9:41 AM, Tony Arcieri <bascule at> wrote:
> Moxie's point was that a cryptosystem can be obviously broken in multiple different ways and its creator might still not lose such a contest (though Telegram did).
> The Telegram "contest" was much more a PR stunt then a serious attempt at a sort of "bug bounty" for the system's design and implementation

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