Telegram 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 China. 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.
They are using Telegram to disseminate plans and coordinate the distribution of supplies like masks, head gear, and water. Hong Kong police has arrested one of the Telegram groups' administrators, according to MIT Technology Review.
The protests gave way to violence that injured at least 72 people, said reports.
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