Cyberattack on Hong Kong Vote Was Among Largest Ever, Security Chief Says

Alan Wong | 21 June 2014 | New York Times

The online voting platform for the unofficial referendum now underway on Hong Kong’s political future has been subjected to one of the most severe cyberattacks of its kind ever seen, according to the head of the Internet security company tasked with protecting it.

Matthew Prince, chief executive and co-founder of the San Francisco-based company CloudFlare, said in an email Friday that the distributed denial-of-service attack (also known as DDoS) on Occupy Central’s voting platform was “one of the largest and most persistent” ever.

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