Jimmy Lai replies to ‘obituary’ with humor

14 August 2014 | EJ Insight

Next Media Group chairman Jimmy Lai Chee-ying on Thursday appeared on a short video in response to an anonymous obituary published by a local newspaper, saying he is sorry to have disappointed the author for still being alive.

“The joke is not good enough because I don’t look like I have AIDS… Do you want me to die? It’s so easy. Just keep cursing me, and with your mother’s power, perhaps one day I will die,” Lai said. “I am sorry to have let you down.”

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Prosecutors probe attack against Next Media websites

Liu Shih-yi, Y.F. Low | 20 June 2014 | Focus Taiwan

TAIPEI — Prosecutors launched an investigation yesterday into an alleged hacker attack against the websites of Next Media that has disrupted the services for hours at a time over the past two days.

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Pro-Democracy Media Company’s Websites Attacked

Alan Wong | 18 June 2014 | New York Times

Next Media, which publishes Apple Daily, an independent Hong Kong newspaper often critical of the Chinese government, saw the largest attack ever against the company’s websites on Wednesday, taking the group’s websites offline for hours.

“The scale is so big that it overwhelmed the DDoS protection service provider we hired to prevent an outage like this,” said Tim Yiu, Next Media’s chief operating officer. In a DDoS, or distributed denial-of-service, attack, hackers command swarms of computers to generate an enormous flood of traffic to knock out the target websites. Mr. Yiu said he received the first reports of the attack at about 2 a.m., and access to Apple Daily’s Hong Kong website was brought to a near halt for about 12 hours. He expected full web services to resume by Thursday afternoon.

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Cyberattackers brought down Apple Daily website with 40 million hits every second

Lai Ying-kit | 18 June 2014 | South China Morning Post

A cyberattack on Apple Daily’s website saw more than 40 million enquiries sent to the site per second during its peak, bringing the system down and blocking normal web users from accessing pages for several hours, the company revealed today.

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