Find the Real Names of Telegram Users Just with a Phone Number

I follow and admire Telegram project since their first release. If you haven't already heard about Telegram, it is a messaging platform with tons of useful privacy and security features, and offered completely for free. Telegram project still misses some key features such as an open source codebase and organization level Github repository, to gain my full adoption, but I trust their guarantee for making the source code open in the future.

Yesterday I noticed an interesting behavior of Telegram, and perhaps a potential issue to concern about your privacy. During an update on my contact list, I accidentally noticed that I could retrieve the real names of random people just with mobile numbers.

TL;DR: If you ever created a Telegram account with your real name, anyone with your phone number can reveal it. Or anyone generating a random list of phone numbers can match which phone number belongs to whom. In reverse, you can find the real names of prank callers, or just random people.

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