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Hong Kong Referendum Site Hacked

Hackers have disabled an independent “civil referendum” in Hong Kong aimed at criticizing the undemocratic election for the territory’s chief executive that will be held Sunday. A University of Hong Kong online poll crashed Thursday after what the director called “high-level cyber attacks” crippled the servers. It was launched to see who would win if given a vote. The chief executive will instead be chosen by a 1,200-person election commission filled with Beijing loyalists. No word on whether government-backed hackers were responsible for the attack.

March 23, 2012 7:18 AM