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UAE’s investment in Telegram raises concerns of security and confidentiality

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The Emirates Center for Studies and Information (EMASC) said that the UAE’s investment in Telegram reinforces concerns about trust in the application’s security and privacy.

The announcement by Mubadala Investment Company and Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners Fund to invest $150 million in Telegram raises concerns about the security and privacy of the application launched by the brothers Pavel and Nikolai Durov in 2013.

The headquarters of Telegram in the UAE and the influence of the recent investment for Abu Dhabi within the company is quite alarming.

The application’s safety and reliability are the first factors in its spread since its launch. Both of them have made it today an integrated global platform for social communication and one of the ten most downloaded applications worldwide.

The Emirati infiltration into Twitter played a role in spying on dissidents and activists in the UAE and outside.

The Emirati investment came in the form of a 5-year convertible bond before the IPO.

James Mons, chief operating officer at Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners, described it as having qualitative value after the number of Telegram users increased to 500 million monthly active people.

He indicated the application’s need to build fruitful partnerships with promising technology companies and platforms.

Telegram raised more than $1 billion from selling bonds to a number of investors, Dorov announced.

The proceeds of these bonds are used to finance expansion plans and advancement of the Telegram revenue-generating strategy, which the app’s founder said includes offering premium packages to business users.

Faris Suhail Al Mazrouei, head of the investment program in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States of Mubadala, is confident in the ability of Telegram to possess “all the capabilities that will make it one of the leading global technology companies.”

In a statement, Al Mazrouei considered that Telegram represents a “promising investment opportunity for Mubadala” and would be an ideal addition to the Emirati company’s portfolio, which aims to achieve a quantum leap in its sectors.

The UAE is the only Arab country to host Twitter’s regional headquarters in the Middle East since 2015.

According to numerous investigations, observers say that this step enabled Abu Dhabi to penetrate the privacy of some opponents.

It also enabled it to maintain large accounts on Twitter despite the blatant violations of the company’s ethical controls by contracting with Israeli companies, including NSO, to track these opponents using spyware, as reported by the program “What is hidden is the greatest” via Al-Jazeera channel.

In this context, the British newspaper Metro revealed, on November 9, 2019, that Saudi journalist Turki Al-Jasser was killed under torture in his country after the Dubai Twitter office revealed his identity to the Saudi authorities.

On February 6, the New York Times revealed a cyber espionage network launched by Abu Dhabi from former US National Security Agency analysts, noting that the network had begun its work since 2014, under the title War on Terror.

But this address was deceptive, as confirmed by the American newspaper, which revealed that the network spied on e-mails of the wife of former US President Michelle Obama and the mother of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikha Moza.

During recent years, Mubadala has made many investments in global technology companies and the most important pioneering technologies such as Waymo for autonomous driving technology, Ali Express, Geo Platforms and others, which indicated an accelerating Emirati trend to influence in the field of technology, information and Cyber ​​Security.

James Mo’nis, Chief Financial Officer at Abu Dhabi Fund, Catalyst Partners, linked the recent surge in the number of Telegram users with the confidence in its guarantee of “the privacy and security of messaging.”

Bloomberg reported that the Australian Federal Police said in a statement issued last Sunday that the operation, which was first reported to the authorities on March 18, “appears in the form of a message from a colleague and encourages recipients to download a messaging app for further communication.”.

The convergence of time between the hacking process in Australia and the disclosure of the Emirati investment in Telegram and its impact greatly reinforced concern about the Russian application’s reputation. It opened an arc in which observers await the frequency of similar breaches.

During December, Emirati opposition figures said their accounts on Telegram were subjected to hacking.