On Twitter, Durov mentioned China had launched a big distributed denial of service assault (DDoS) in opposition to its community. This comes throughout a time of civil unrest in Hong Kong, the place this week ten of hundreds of demonstrators have been protesting in opposition to laws that will enable extraditions to China.
Lots of the protestors use Telegram to manage and to share info. The app — which has been topic to restrictions and blocks earlier than — is comparable to WhatsApp however with further safety and privacy-related options. Yesterday the app’s community experienced a large wave of rubbish requests which tried to overwhelm its servers.
IP addresses coming largely from China. Traditionally, all state actor-sized DDoS (200-400 Gb/s of junk) we skilled coincided in time with protests in Hong Kong (coordinated on @telegram). This case was not an exception.
— Pavel Durov (@durov) 12 June 2019
Durov mentioned that most IP addresses concerned in the requests got here from China and that earlier DDoS assaults have “coincided in time with protests in Hong Kong.” China has been accused of focusing on protestors with cyber assaults in the previous, akin to non-profit Tibetan teams who say they have been targeted by DDoS attacks when attempting to circumvent Chinese language censorship.
The demonstrations in Hong Kong have turned violent as protestors clashed with police and 72 folks have been injured. The protestors say the extradition laws could possibly be used to quash dissent in opposition to the Chinese language authorities.