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Change.org, a website which runs an online petition calling for the release of Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei, has been hit by DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. The website had managed to collect over 90,000 signatures for their petition. Ben Rattray, the founder of the website, stated that the attacks originated from a Chinese internet address. A spokesman for the ministry of information in Beijing said it was not aware of the issue.
On 15 April, a number of opposition and news websites were subject to attacks by hackers causing them to crash. The distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack came in the run-up to elections in Malaysia’s eastern state of Sarawak. An online Malaysian news portal, Malaysiakini, was forced to get its news stories out via Facebook, WordPress and other free websites.