As Hong Kong battles against the proposed extradition bill that would China more power over the autonomous territory, protesters in the city are said to have experienced an outage of Telegram‘s encrypted messaging service yesterday – and Beijing may have had something to do with it.
Demonstrators in Hong Kong have been using messaging platforms like Telegram to organize themselves, alert each other about activities on the ground, as well as information on where to find resources like gas masks and drinking water.
Yesterday, the service went down after it was affected by a ‘powerful’ DDoS attack for roughly an hour.
CEO Pavel Durov noted that the ‘state-actor sized’ attack was traced to IP addresses in China.
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).