As politicians should know by now, secure messaging apps such as Telegram can quickly become a double-edged sword.
On the one hand, a growing number of governments are so worried about its security capabilities, they try to ban the app. On the other, politicians who use the app themselves on the assumption of privacy can find their conversations exposed in the media.
The Brazilian Government’s Justice Minister Sergio Moro announced on 5 June 2019 that his smartphone had been hacked, four days before the politically compromising contents of his Telegram chats with a senior prosecutor started turning up as source material for articles in the media.
Since then, it has emerged that other Brazilian politicians, including President Jair Bolsonaro, and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes were also among a total of 1,000 other Telegram accounts targeted, which led to the arrest on 23 July 2019 of four suspects accused of being behind the attacks.