Telegram CEO Proposes Crypto-Like Tech to Block Govt Spying

Pavel Durov proposes a solution to enhance privacy with crypto-like technology to secure communications from government spying.

Telegram CEO Pavel Durov testing his security eagle.
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  • Telegram CEO Durov suggests crypto-like tech for privacy.
  • Messaging apps would work similarly to crypto wallets. 
  • Government surveillance is back in the spotlight on the new NSA proposal. 

In an era where digital privacy is increasingly threatened by government surveillance, privacy-protecting technologies are crucial for maintaining individual freedoms. Known for its strong stance on user privacy, the Telegram messaging app has gained a following of people who care about privacy. 

Its CEO, Pavel Durov, recently shared stories about his own run-ins with the FBI and Russian authorities, which made him more aware of this issue. He also proposed a new way to combat government surveillance using blockchain technology. 

Crypto-Like Technology for Enhanced Privacy

On Wednesday, April 17, during an interview with Tucker Carlson, Pavel Durov discussed how the landscape of government surveillance is becoming increasingly invasive. Notably, he shared how the FBI attempted to recruit one of Telegram’s developers. 


According to Durov, the FBI wanted the developer to create a backdoor into the messaging service during his visit to the United States. He said this happened after he fled Russia, the country he was born in, due to similar pressure from Russian authorities.  

These experiences made him more concerned with governments using technology to monitor and control private communications. To combat this, Durov proposed the development of secure communication devices that resemble the mechanisms of cryptocurrency hardware wallets. These devices would utilize encryption and decentralized storage methods to safeguard user data from unauthorized access.

US Plans to Expand Government Surveillance

Durov’s remarks come when the US government cements its surveillance efforts. Most recently, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden voiced concerns about an impending expansion of the agency’s surveillance powers, which he suggests could be days away. 

This expansion is purportedly linked to changes in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), specifically through an amendment that could greatly widen the definition of “electronic communications surveillance provider.” 

As Senator Cynthia Lummis warned, this change would compel nearly every entity involved in internet-related services to assist in NSA surveillance operations, even without a formal warrant. 

If these rules come into effect, only encrypted services would be safe, which makes decentralized and privacy-focused alternatives more important than ever. 

On the Flipside

  • Privacy-protecting technologies are under scrutiny by authorities worldwide due to their potential misuse by bad actors. This was demonstrated in the recent controversy with Railgun, over its alleged use by North Korean hackers. 
  • The Russian government is also stepping up its surveillance efforts in response to protests against the war in Ukraine. Reports suggest the use of facial recognition technology to come after protestors.  

Why This Matters

Privacy-focused technologies, potentially based on blockchain technology, can make a difference between private communications and complete surveillance. For privacy-conscious individuals, these technologies are essential. 

Read more about a recent exploit targeting Telegram: 
Telegram Suffers Security Exploit: Are You at Risk?

Read more about the privacy protocol Railgun under scrutiny: 
Did North Korean Hackers Use Railgun? Protocol Fervently Denies

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David Marsanic

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