After Telegram was targeted by a group with a DDoS attack, the founder of the app has blamed the Chinese government for the attack.
Earlier on Wednesday, Telegram’s official Twitter account posted that users might be experiencing connection issues as the company was experiencing a powerful DDoS attack.
Few hours later, the Pavel Durov replied to the tweet saying that most of the IP addresses were in fact coming from China. He noted that the attacks on the platform coincided with the protests in Hong Kong where encrypted messaging services like Telegram are extremely popular to avoid government surveillance.
In case you weren’t aware, mass demonstrations have been taking place in Hong Kong over last few days in a protest to revert the latest legislation which would see China having more authority over the country. Shortly after the protests, Bloomberg reported that Encrypted messaging services are top trending apps in Apple’s App Store in Hong Kong. After several hours, Telegram noted that the DDoS attack had stopped and all of the users’ data were safe.