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Hong Kong servers hit by massive DDoS

June 20, 2014

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The system for online voting operated by Hong Kong Polytechnic University Public Opinion Programme was hit by a massive DDoS attack on June 14 and 15 as it started testing for the referendum concerning voting rights in the Chinese autonomous region. The public voting was proposed by civic group Occupy Central and is aimed at promoting direct election of Hong Kong Chief Executive (the head of the autonomous region). The attack was of such scale (10 – 75 Gb per second) that even the large cloud and hosting services which provide infrastructure for the Public Opinion Programme had difficulties to handle the load.

Another target of the DDoS was news server Apple Daily, whose chief editor openly accused mainland China of orchestrating the attack.

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