CNN: Telegram reports powerful cyberattack from China during Hong Kong protests

CNN: Telegram reports powerful cyberattack from China during Hong Kong protests. “Encrypted messaging platform Telegram said it experienced a ‘powerful’ cyberattack on Wednesday during massive protests in Hong Kong. The attempted distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack was aimed at flooding the app with so much traffic that it impaired normal service.”

United Nations Development Programme: UNDP Kazakhstan launches a Telegram “GenderBot”

United Nations Development Programme: UNDP Kazakhstan launches a Telegram “GenderBot”. “Telegram bot offers access to the gender dictionary and displays gender statistics of Kazakhstan. It also includes a calendar of international and local events related to gender issues. One of the key features of the bot is the possibility to search for contact numbers of crisis centers all over Kazakhstan. Currently the bot is available in Russian and English.”

ZDNet: Source code of Iranian cyber-espionage tools leaked on Telegram

ZDNet: Source code of Iranian cyber-espionage tools leaked on Telegram. “In an incident reminiscent of the Shadow Brokers leak that exposed the NSA’s hacking tools, someone has now published similar hacking tools belonging to one of Iran’s elite cyber-espionage units, known as APT34, Oilrig, or HelixKitten. The hacking tools are nowhere near as sophisticated as the NSA tools leaked in 2017, but they are dangerous nevertheless.”

RadioFreeEurope: Iran’s Social-Media Struggles Laid Bare By Telegram And Cleric’s Viral Moment

RadioFreeEurope: Iran’s Social-Media Struggles Laid Bare By Telegram And Cleric’s Viral Moment. “About a year ago, Iran blocked the highly popular messaging app Telegram, an encrypted tool that half the country’s 81 million people used for sharing news and information, debating in private, and conducting business…. But polling cited by official media and an embarrassing gaffe on state TV suggest that the clerically dominated leadership’s policies on social media and other digital platforms might be missing their mark.”

Telegram: Telegram now lets people delete every message sent or received

Telegram: Telegram now lets people delete every message sent or received . “Telegram just added a feature that makes it easier for users to delete any message they’ve ever sent — or any message they’ve ever received. The service announced this weekend that users can now delete messages from both individual conversations and group chats; however, unlike other services, deleting a message will delete it from the record for every user in the chat, not just the person who deletes it.”

Neowin: Telegram introduces custom translations, Instant View 2.0, and more

Neowin: Telegram introduces custom translations, Instant View 2.0, and more . “Telegram is getting a series of improvements today, including support for custom translations, Instant View 2.0, and a redesigned app for Android. The Android update brings it to version 5.0 and brings a number of improvements, including a revamped interface for some parts of the app.”