Apple, Next Media sites in Taiwan and Hong Kong hacked
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-18 10:41 AM
The websites of Apple Daily and Next Media Group in Taiwan and Hong Kong were hacked early Tuesday morning in an attack suspected of having come from China. The Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is believed to be a reprisal by Chinese authorities for the media group’s role in the recent Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong.

The DDoS attack came at 3:30am Tuesday morning just as Apple Daily was preparing to put its daily edition online, and one day before the weekly Wednesday publication date for Next Magazine in Taiwan. The timing makes it very obvious that the intended target of the hackers was probably Next Media boss Jimmy Lai, who has been very prominent in Occupy Central actions in Hong Kong. Staffers at Next Media had reported that their website was shut down for nearly five hours last Saturday in a similar attack.

With the Apple Daily and Next Magazine sites out of commission and users unable to access the two for information and news, Apple directed users to go to the Facebook fan group page to read Apple news items.

The group issued a notice saying, "The Next Media network suffered another hacker attack this morning from around 3:30am onwards, Next Media network has been hit by a wave of large-scale Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on its Hong Kong and Taiwan websites. The Apple Daily website has been affected and is currently unable to provide normal service. Staff are restoring the site, for now please check the Apple Daily News Facebook page for announcements. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers."

Organizers of the Occupy Central movement have scheduled a three-day Internet poll to be held starting Friday, June 20, and registration for the poll began on June 13. Benny Tai Yiu Ting expressed helplessness in the face of the DDoS hacker attack that tied up the Apple system, saying, "There was nothing we could do. We’re just carrying out a simple survey, and they attacked us 10 billion times."

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