(Reuters) – The chief executive of a Telegram is one of the popular encrypted messaging app, said on Wednesday, a messaging service that is experienced as a “state-actor-and-medium sized enterprises”, the cyber-attack, and pointed to China as the likely country of origin.
In the Telegram, the app logo is seen on a smartphone in this photo illustration September 15, 2017. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Illustration
The service was hit by a powerful Denial-of-service attack originating from IP addresses, usually in China, and Paul Durov, Telegram’s chief executive officer, said in a tweet.
The attack coincided with protests in Hong Kong, he added.
A Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks involve sending huge numbers of requests to a targeted attack, resulting in the complete or partial interruption of the service.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters have marched in Hong Kong this week, in protest against a controversial law that will make it possible for the people of the city to be handed over to China.
The Chinese state-controlled media sharply condemned the protests, which they say is inspired by outside forces, and to undermine the social stability of Hong Kong.
The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), which oversees the country’s cyber policies, did not immediately respond to a faxed request for comment.
Telegraph and other encrypted messaging apps have become popular tools for protestors across the world who use them to coordinate without tipping off the authorities.
Durov added that the historic attacks that are of the same size, and coincided with the protests in Hong Kong, adding, “This case is not an exception to the rule.”
Other apps have been faced with blocks of China during the political movements in Hong Kong. In 2014, on top of that, the city is the Umbrella Movement, Beijing’s image to access the photo-sharing app Instagram within the market.
Chinese officials have previously denied allegations of a cyber-attack points to the fact that China is one of the most frequently the target of attacks from the outside.
Reporting Vibhuti Sharma in Bengaluru; Cate Cadell, in Beijing, and Josh Horwitz) in Shanghai; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Rashmi Aich