DDoS Attack on Telegram Detected From China

to stem dissent in Hong Kong

It’s the Endgame for Hong Kong. If this extradition bill passes, it will really be the end for Hong Kong. Be strong and keep going! The people always prevail … Be safe my Hong Kong friends. 

 

 

Secure messaging app Telegram has become the method of choice for communication between protesters and activists around the world, most recently in Hong Kong. However, this week the app has been the target of a massive cyber attack which founder Pavel Durov says was launched by China.

On Twitter, Durov said China had launched a large distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) against its network. This comes during a time of civil unrest in Hong Kong, where this week ten of thousands of demonstrators have been protesting against legislation that would allow extraditions to China.

Many of the protestors use Telegram to organize and to share information. The app — which has been subject to restrictions and blocks before — is similar to WhatsApp but with additional security and privacy-related features. Yesterday the app’s network experienced a large wave of garbage requests which tried to overwhelm its servers.

Source: Engadget

 

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