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China behind DDoS attack on Telegram: Founder

IANS  |  San Francisco 

Private and service Telegram's founder has tweeted was behind the cyber attack on the platform after as many as 200 million users were hit worldwide.

was struck by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

According to Durov of the encrypted messaging platform, a distributed denial of service attack, which overloaded the firm's servers with "garbage requests", was tracked to "IP addresses coming mostly from China" and significantly slowed messaging on the app.

"IP addresses coming mostly from 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," Durov tweeted on Thursday morning.

Citizens in Hong Kong have taken to the streets to protest plans made by to roll out a legislation that would allow extraditions to mainland for the first time.

They are using to disseminate plans and coordinate the distribution of supplies like masks, head gear, and water. has arrested one of the groups' administrators, according to

The protests gave way to violence that injured at least 72 people, said reports.



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First Published: Thu, June 13 2019. 19:40 IST