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Telegram Traces Massive Cyber Attack to China During Hong Kong Protests

  • Messaging service swamped by ‘garbage requests,’ Telegram says
  • Intrusions during demonstrations sourced to Chinese addresses
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Telegram founder Pavel Durov said a massive cyber-attack on his messaging service originated in China, raising questions about whether Beijing tried to disrupt a protest involving hundreds of thousands that erupted on the streets of Hong Kong.

The encrypted messaging app said it experienced a powerful distributed denial of service attack after “garbage requests” flooded its servers and disrupted legitimate communications. Most of those queries came from Chinese internet protocol addresses, founder Pavel Durov said in a subsequent Twitter post.