Ranking 7th on the most popular global mobile messenger apps as of April 2019, based on the number of monthly active users, Telegram, for the first time, experienced a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on which the CEO. According to twitter post, Pavel Durov said that the attack came from China.
DDoS a type of DOS attack where multiple compromised systems, which are often infected with a Trojan, are used to target a single system causing a Denial of Service (DoS) attack.
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). This case was not an exception.
The messaging app said some users will have experienced “connection issues” because of the attack on its servers. Telegram said it had been the subject of a DDoS attack, which targets a business’s servers and overwhelms them with traffic to try and force the platform to crash.
The messaging app, which offers end-to-end encryption through its so-called secret chats, has over 200 million users. Telegram detailed the attack in a colorful thread on Twitter, explaining to users that the issue could disrupt the service but would not compromise personal user data.
“We’re currently experiencing a powerful DDoS attack, Telegram users in the Americas and some users from other countries may experience connection issues,” the company said.