Cyber Criminals Attacks Telegram With 'Powerful DDoS Attack'

Pappi Hex
Telegram, yesterday suffered a hit by a powerful distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack which affected users in the US and other countries around the world for a period of 1 hour.

The cross platform instant messaging service provider announced the attack on its Twitter page, warning that "Telegram users...may experience connection issues."

"We're currently experiencing a powerful DDoS attack, Telegram users in the America and some users from other countries may experience connection issues," Telegram said in a Tweet.
Telegram then went on to explain what a DDoS was and how it worked.

"A DDoS is a "Distributed Denial of Service attack": your servers get GADZILLIONS of garbage request 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," Telegram tweeted.

"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 to try and take your order."

So hows does the hackers accomplish DDoS attacks?

"To generate these garbage requests, bad guys use 'botnets' made up of computers on unsuspecting users which were infected with malware at some point in the past. This makes a DDoS similar to the zombie apocalypse: one of the whopper lemmings just might be your grandpa," Telegram said in another tweet.

Telegram assured panicking users that their data were safe and shouldn't worry about any breach.

"There's a bright side: All of these lemmings are just there to overload the servers with extra work - they can't take away your big Mac and Coke," Telegram said and later said that the situation had stabilized.

Telegram did not immediately respond to a request for more details on the attack.

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