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Telegram boss links cyber attack during HK protests to China

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Telegram’s founder Pavel Durov has said a massive cyber attack on his messaging service originated from China.

On Wednesday, the firm confirmed it suffered a “powerful” Distributed Denial of Service attack which disrupted services for about an hour.

In a DDos attack, hackers overwhelm a target’s servers with junk requests.

It came as protestors in Hong Kong used Telegram to coordinate demonstrations over a plan to allow extradition to China.

In a post on Twitter, Telegram said the disruption affected users in the Americas and “other countries”.

Mr Durov later tweeted the IP addresses involved in the attack mostly came from China.