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China blamed for hacking attacks

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, HONG KONG

Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, more than half a million people have voted in the unofficial electoral reform poll, despite similar attacks, organizers said yesterday.

Online polling started on Friday at noon and by 3pm yesterday, 500,436 residents had taken part in the “civil referendum,” which asks how voters would like to choose their next leader.

Participation in the informal ballot has already beaten all expectations, surprising even its organizers, the Occupy Central movement.

The pro-democracy group said before launching the exercise, which is to run until Sunday next week, that they were hoping for 300,000 people to take part.

The ballot allows registered permanent residents of the territory to vote through a Web site or on a smartphone app, and there are plans to open polling booths around the city today.

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