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Hong Kong pro-democracy tabloid blames Beijing for cyberattack

Published on Jun 19, 2014 4:51 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - A leading Hong Kong pro-democracy tabloid on Thursday blamed Beijing for a massive cyberattack on its website, just days after a series of similar attacks on an online referendum on electoral reform.

The website of Apple Daily, known for its critical stance on Beijing, suffered a blackout for several hours on Wednesday after what it described as a large-scale attack launched by sophisticated hackers.

The attack comes at a time of heightened tension in the former British colony as pro-democracy activists worry that Beijing will backtrack on universal suffrage promised to Hong Kong in 2017.

In a front page article headlined "We will never backtrack", the Apple Daily accused Beijing of orchestrating the cyberattack.

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