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Telegram’s Services Hit By DDOS Attack In China

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Telegram’s service once again struck with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in Asia as protestors in Hong Kong take to the streets.

Hong Kong has been ravaged with demonstrators for the last few days, those who are protesting against a new law that would put the municipality straight away under the control of mainland China’s authoritarian government.

One of the tools that organizers have turned to is the encrypted messaging service, Telegram, and other secure messaging technologies as they look to evade surveillance measures by government officials.

The popular encrypted messaging service first informed about the attack through Twitter nearly 17 hours ago in the late afternoon on Wednesday in Hong Kong.

Before this, a similar attack affected the company’s service at a time when China was experiencing critical unrest.

Four years ago, as someone tried to take down Telegram just as China was initiating strong measures on human rights lawyers in the country.

The company’s web version of its app was banned from servers in Beijing, Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, Shenzhen, and Yunnan.

Now, Telegram’s chief executive, Pavel Durov tweeted “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. This case was not much different.”

 

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