Recently, the Hong Kong Police arrested the admin of one of the Telegram groups that are being used in Hong Kong Protests.
In the midst of the Hong Kong Protest, the popular encrypted messaging platform, Telegram, was hit by cyber attacks from China.
Hong Kong is going through a massive demonstration protesting against an extradition bill that would put the autonomous territory under the more direct control of the China government.
We’re currently experiencing a powerful DDoS attack, Telegram users in the Americas and some users from other countries may experience connection issues.— Telegram Messenger (@telegram) June 12, 2019
Hong Kong protestors are using Telegram to organize the demonstration, informing each other about activities and sending information regarding gas masks and drinking water. These types of apps are best to evade surveillance measures by government officials.
The Telegram stated that they have been hit by the DDoS attack in China. The company first reported about the hacking incident just 21 hours ago via Twitter. The company explained the DDoS attack as,
“Your servers get GADZILLIONS of garbage requests which stop them from processing legitimate requests. Imagine that an army of lemmings just jumped the queue at McDonald’s in front of you – and each is ordering a Whopper. The server is busy telling the whopper lemmings they came to the wrong place – but there are so many of them that the server can’t even see you [to] try and take your order.”
Even in 2015, the Telegram was hit by a cyber attack, when China was going through a series of important arrests of human rights lawyers in the country.
Previously, the Telegram CEO, Pavel Durov, decided to not comment on the origin of the attack. But this time, he raised his voice against the recent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, by tweeting:
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.— Pavel Durov (@durov) June 12, 2019
Encrypted messaging services, like Telegram, have become the primary medium for enlarging protests around the world. In 2018, Iran and Russia blocked Telegram.
China’s internet security system does not allow western made popular apps like Google search, Facebook, and WhatsApp, but there is no ban on any apps in Hong Kong that are controlled more or less by China government.
Top secret messaging apps such as Telegram, FireChat, and Signal saw a surge in downloads in the Hong Kong region’s app stores on Wednesday.
Recently, the Hong Kong police arrested the admin of one of the Telegram groups that are being used in Hong Kong protests. The Telegram group has over 20,000 members.
Police arrested the admin in the name of “public nuisance crime.” However, he got bailed out. The members were discussing the strategy to deal with pepper sprays and tear gases.
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