Hackers Hit Hong Kong Civil Referendum Site

The owner of a Hong Kong University website, Robert Chung, has said that his poll to see which leader people would vote for if they were allowed to do so democratically, has been attacked - resulting in the disablement of the poll.

The two main candidates in Hong Kong's upcoming election have had their reputations smeared by various scandals in the media, adding to the frustration that the public is unable to vote for either or neither of them. The Hong Kong chief executive position is chosen by a group of 1,200 known as the election commission, filled with - as The Guardian puts it - Beijing loyalists.

Mr Chung placed the poll on his website in order to gauge what the public was feeling in regards to these proposed leaders. If given a voice, how would they use it?

However the website, soon after opening, was hit by what he described as "high-evel cyber attacks" causing it to crash and the poll disabled. While it's now down completely, Mr Chung said he was hopeful that it could be reinstated, allowing others to vote. Before the forced take down it had received over 14,000 votes.

This isn't the first poll Mr Chung has placed online, with one of his more popular ones asking the local populace whether they considered themselves Chinese citizens. When only 17 per cent said yes, Mr Chung was publicly attacked by Chinese propaganda publications.