Staff at Next Media are working to get content online after the company’s Hong Kong website was hacked at 3.30am Wednesday.
The attack, just days before the June 22 Occupy Central poll on political reform, occurred at the time Apple Daily newspaper content is usually uploaded to the site and on the day that the weekly Next Magazine is published, Taiwan’s newtalk.tw reported, claiming opponents of the movement were behind the attack.
Next Media’s website was also down for five hours after an attack on Saturday.
The Apple Daily and Next Magazine online arms cannot be browsed properly so both outlets are posting their news on their Facebook pages.
“Our staff are fixing our website for Apple Daily online in Hong Kong and Taiwan after a series of attacks this morning at about 3:30am. Please see our updates on Facebook,” the company said in a statement on the social media site.
The Taiwan site’s Facebook page said the online unit had experienced some instability but the operation appears to have returned to normal.
Next Media chairman Jimmy Lai, an advocate of Occupy Central, said all of the company’s online news operations were down and he had to interrupt his Walk for Universal Suffrage to deal with outage.
Online voting for the Occupy Central poll will start on June 20 and last for three days. The movement’s site was hacked after it opened for public registration Friday.
Organizer Benny Tai said there is nothing he can do about such attacks.
“We are just voting … but they can attack us 10 billion times,” Tai said.
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