Telegram is the most popular messenger in urban Ukraine. After a
decade of misleading marketing and press, most ppl there believe
it’s an “encrypted app”.
The reality is the opposite — TG is by default a cloud database
w/ a plaintext copy of every msg everyone has ever sent/recvd.
Every msg, photo, video, doc sent/received for the past 10 yrs;
all contacts, group memberships, etc are all available to anyone
w/ access to that DB.
Many TG employees have family in Russia. If Russia doesn’t want to
bother w/ hacking, they can leverage family safety for access.