Telegram Founder Pavel Durov has suggested that the Chinese government may have been behind a latest DDoS attack on the encrypted messaging service. Writing on Twitter called the founder it as a "statos actor-size DDoS" that came mainly from IP addresses in China. Durov noted that the attack coincided with the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, where people use encrypted messaging apps as telegrams to avoid detection while coordinating their protests.
The attack raises the question of whether the Chinese government is trying to disrupt the encrypted messaging service and limit its effectiveness as an organizing tool to the hundreds of thousands of protesters participating in the protests. Bloomberg reports that encrypted messaging apps like telegrams and firechats are currently tending to be in Apple's Hong Kong App Store, as protesters try to hide their identities from Hong Kong's Beijing-backed government.
IP addresses come mainly from China. Historically, all stato-player sizes experienced DDoS (200-400 Gb / s junk) along with protests in Hong Kong (coordinated on @telegram ). This case was not an exception.
̵1; Pavel Durov (@durov) June 12, 2019
In addition to using encrypted messaging apps, Bloomberg notes that protesters in Hong Kong also cover their faces to avoid facial recognition systems. They also avoid the use of public transit cards that can connect locality to identities.
Telegram's Twitter account said the service had been hit by "gadzillions of garbage requests", mainly from IP addresses originating in China, as part of the DDoS attack, which had stopped the service from being able to process legitimate requests from users. It said that these waste searches tend to be generated by botnets, networks of computers infected with malware. "This case was not an exception," Durov tweeted without elaborating.
Hong Kong's protests are in response to a bill that would allow the city's Beijing-backed government to extradite its citizens to China. Critics fear that the law could be used to cement Beijing's authority over the semi-autonomous city state, where citizens have a higher degree of civil liberties than on mainland China.
From 8:00 pm Hong Kong local time Wednesday, Telegram noted that the DDoS attack seemed to have stabilized and assured users that their data is secure .