flooding the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday, Telegram’s CEO has accused China of attempting to flood the encrypted messaging service’s servers.ith protesters
Because of its secrecy and security, Telegram is one of the main tools that people in Hong Kong have used to organize protests. As thousands surrounded the city’s parliament building on Wednesday and police fired tear gas into the crowds, Telegram announced that it had become victim to a “powerful” Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.
Such an attack involves a hacker sending out a colossal number of junk requests aiming to overwhelm their target’s service. On Twitter, Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov said that most of these requests had come from China.
“Historically, all state actor-sized DDoS (200-400 Gb/s of junk) we experienced coincided in time with protests in Hong Kong (coordinated on
@telegram),” he tweeted. “This case was not an exception.”
IP addresses coming mostly from China. Historically, all state actor-sized DDoS (200-400 Gb/s of junk) we experienced coincided in time with protests in Hong Kong (coordinated on @telegram). This case was not an exception.
— Pavel Durov (@durov) June 12, 2019