China Blamed for Cyberattack on Messaging Service Telegram

A messaging service said that it was hit by a powerful cyberattack from China as a huge protest took place in Hong Kong.

The attack on the application called Telegram slowed messages, but did not take or destroy user information. It happened as thousands of protestors surrounded Hong Kong government headquarters on Wednesday. They were protesting legislation that would permit people from Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China to stand trial. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up the demonstration. As a result, The Hong Kong government delayed the debate over the bill.

On Thursday, Telegram chief Pavel Durov tweeted that most of the attackers had IP addresses from China.

Read more at Voice of America

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