China used DDoS attack on Telegram to try to stop protests in Hing Kong

We are hearing some alarming reports coming from Hong Kong. For those that don’t know, there are currently mass protests in that region because of the recent political situation where the Hong Kong leaders are building closer relations with the Chinese government. Hong Kong is currently an independent region that had little to do with China, despite speaking the same language and being right next to them. This status allowed the region to proper a lot and become one of the biggest metropolis in the world. But China wants to take that region, at least from a political influence point of view.

And they seem to be on the right track, with many politicians being on the Chinee side, either because they believe in the Chinese government or because they are bought with bribes and promises of power. Hong Kong residents do not agree with how things are going and they want the region to remain independent, as it currently is. For the past few days, protests escalated a lot and currently, milia are using force (in many cases not needed) in an attempt to stop protesters. There have been many reports of police brutality and abuses, but more and more people are joining, despite all this. To coordinate each other, share protest locations, as well as other resistance messages or simply to request help from other people, Hong Kong residents, are using Telegram, a secure messaging app that offers end-to-end encryption and can’t be (easily) spied on.

This week, however, the app has been targeted by massive DDoS attacks, which founder Pavel Durov says was launched by China. He posted on Twitter the above message and further said that most IPs come from within China and that the targeted by DDoS attacks coincided with the times that protests were held. China has been accused of targeting protestors in a similar fashion in the past. For example, non-profit Tibetan groups were targeted by DDoS attacks when trying to circumvent Chinese censorship. Hopefully, things will settle down soon and no more people will get hurt.

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