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Thethat Wednesday came from China, the secure messaging app's founder said. Pavel Durov's tweet suggested that the country's government may have done it to disrupt protests in Hong Kong.
In a DDoS attack, an online service gets bombarded with traffic from networks of bots, to the point where it's overwhelmed and legit users get frozen out. In an Wednesday, Telegram compared it to an “army of lemmings” jumping the line at a McDonald's and making innumerable “garbage requests.”