Pavel Durov, founder of Telegram, has stated that a well-orchestrated attack on his messaging platform came from China.
Last Wednesday, the firm indicated that it was on the receiving end of a strong Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, which led to disruptions in service for approximately an hour. These attacks prevent target servers from functioning normally as they overwhelm them with bogus requests.
This attack came during a time where Hong Kong based protestors were using Telegram to organize their demonstrations as the wished to see extradition to China become allowed.
A post by Telegram on Twitter confirmed that the service disruption affected users in both the Americas and other countries.
After inspections, Durov sent out a subsequent tweet that indicated that most of the IP addresses that were involved in the attack were based in China.
A comment is yet to be received from the China Cyberspace Administration, which is responsible for oversight of the country’s cyber policies.
Telegram is a mobile platform that allows users to communicate for free using encrypted messages, pictures, videos and documents.
The application allows for the creation of groups than can house of to 200,000 people, or the creation of channels that allow broadcasting to unlimited audiences.
The communication medium has seen a rise in popularity due to its strong emphasis on encryption which is a sound method for fighting against most conventional means of spying on confidential communication.
The comments from Mr. Durov came at a time where reports surfaced that an administrator of a Telegram group in Hong Kong was arrested for conspiracy to commit public nuisance.
Hong Kong currently exists under a judicial principle that allows it to maintain legislative and economic independence, however, if the extradition bill is passed, China can exercise more control.