Tuesday, 19 November, 2019

Telegram Says China Behind Cyber Attack

Telegram announced late on Wednesday that it was suffering a Telegram Hit by DDoS Cyber-Attack, Users May Experience Connection Issues
Patty Aguilar | 16 June, 2019, 08:44

Hong Kong is now the site of mass demonstrations over the introduction of a new extradition bill which would allow citizens to be brought to mainland China for trial. They did not assemble again on Thursday and debate over the legislation was delayed. However, similarly to last time when the app was used for a similar objective - it once again started seeing difficulties.

Fast-food analogies aside, DDoS attacks are almost always malicious in nature with those behind them acting for either commercial or moral gain.

In a DDos attack, hackers overwhelm a target's servers with junk requests. As a result, the server gets overloaded and stops processing legitimate requests. Imagine that an army of lemmings just jumped the queue at McDonald's in front of you - and each is ordering a whopper.

The cyber-attack on Telegram was said to have been stabilised soon after it occurred. "For the moment, things seem to have stabilized".

Because of this strenuous encryption, the app has been used in terrorist attacks as communication previously, and was the subject of an Iranian government controversy past year. Yesterday, the service went down after it was affected by a "powerful" DDoS attack for roughly an hour. Unsurprisingly, then, it's seen as a threat by authoritarian governments. As one of the best ways to communicate without being spied on by government surveillance agencies, people turned to Telegram back then, as well. Some states have outright banned them.

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The company's web version of its app was banned from servers in Beijing, Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, Shenzhen, and Yunnan. Meanwhile, the country forced the lawyers to make public confessions about trying to hide information and their messages through the use of Telegram.

"We're all using these apps to keep in touch with each other and try to figure out what's going on."

The cyber attack on the messaging company was said to have been a problem for users in various countries, which Durov explained as part of a Twitter thread. This time, however, Durov appears to have had enough.

According to Durov numerous Internet Protocol addresses were originating from China.

Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov tweeted on Wednesday that the messaging service had been hit with a "state actor-sized" Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, with "garbage requests" flooding its servers, disrupting communications.

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