The unofficial referendum on universal suffrage in Hong Kong has incited a global cyber war. Even before voting began yesterday morning, the website has faced attacks four times greater than anything they’d previously experienced－apparently the second greatest cyber attack the world has ever seen at 300 Gbps.
Confronted with failure to take down the referendum’s website, the hackers started laying siege to all of the Hong Kong internet, attacking any and all websites with the .hk domain name, in what the Internet Society Hong Kong has described as “setting a whole building on fire when you can’t break into one room”.
American company CloudFlare has been employed to defend the site from “national-level” hackers, and has been working through the night to meet the challenge, and say they’re prepared for a week without rest to keep the vote going until polls close on the 29th. CloudFlare’s executive chairman Matthew Prince says that he’s touched by the words of support they’ve received from Hongkongers, and are now considering establishing their Asian HQ in Hong Kong instead of Singapore.
Yesterday, Beijing commented on the vote, which gives Hong Kong citizens a choice between three different proposals for civil nomination, by calling it “illegal and invalid” and a “farce”. A senior official from the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong also came out to say the same, and add that the vote has no “reference value”. With the vast majority of attempts to obstruct the vote originating from China, however, it appears that they’re taking this act of democracy, in which just shy of half a million Hongkongers have already participated, much more seriously than they’re letting on.
Previously on Shanghaiist: Apple Daily attacked by hackers, Beijing implicated
By Ryan Kilpatrick