Telegram CEO: China cyber attack struck app during Hong Kong protests
Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov. Photo: Manuel Blondeau/AOP.Press/Corbis via Getty Images
Telegram CEO Pavel Durov said in a Twitter post a powerful cyber attack that struck the encrypted messaging app on Wednesday came mostly from Chinese IP addresses and "coincided in time with protests in Hong Kong."
Why it matters: It suggests China may have been trying to disrupt huge demonstrations in Hong Kong against a bill that would expose Hongkongers to extradition to the mainland. Protesters in the territory have used apps including Telegram to organize themselves during rallies, The Next Web notes.
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