The popular encrypted messaging service Telegram is once again being hit with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in Asia, as demonstrators in Hong Kong take to the streets.
People in Hong Kong took the street to protest against the extradition bill. Demonstrators spread requests on Telegram groups, requesting for additional supplies such as riot gear and first aid kits. Many of these groups have thousands to ten thousand members.
“We’re currently experiencing a powerful DDoS attack, Telegram users in the Americas and some users from other countries may experience connection issues. A DDoS is a ‘Distributed Denial of Service attack’: your servers get GADZILLIONS of garbage requests which stop them from processing legitimate requests. Imagine that an army of lemmings just jumped the queue at McDonald’s in front of you – and each is ordering a whopper… The server is busy telling the whopper lemmings they came to the wrong place – but there are so many of them that the server can’t even see you try and take your order,” said Telegram on Twitter.
“This case was not an exception,” Pavel Durov tweeted without explaining.
Telegram Messenger, is one among the most popular budding rivals of WhatsApp. It is not the first time when the app has been hit by DDoS instigating from China. Four years back, a similar attack hit the Telegram’s service, when China was initiating a crackdown on human rights lawyers in the country. These lawyers were communicating with one another during the crackdown through several messaging services, including Telegram.
A DDoS attack is when a perpetrator overpowers an entity’s servers with fake traffic, in order to render a site or web service unreachable to its operators.
Recently, Telegram rolled out a new update for its users. This new update would allow users to revoke or unsend their messages without any time-limit. The user is able to unsend the message which would unsend/delete the message for the recipient as well. Previously, there was also a time limit of 48 hours to revoke the message, but now the limit has been removed and it can be revoked at any time. The new Telegram 5.5 update gives the users the choice where the messages sent or received by them can be unsent.
We should mention that this feature was added to WhatsApp in 2017, and was an instant hit as it was a much-requested addition.
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