(The Hosting News) – The World Conference on International Telecommunications recently faced a setback when hackers reportedly brought down the event’s website, organizers admitted on Thursday.
The UN-backed conference’s agenda covers internet-related topics pertinent to freedom of expression on the web.
The downtime reportedly occurred late Wednesday, interfering with those externally visiting ITU’s main website for nearly two hours.
Conference organizers responded by rerouting traffic to a backup website which relied on hosting services from another area.
“Some delegates were frustrated at being unable to access some of the online working documents that were being considered by the meeting. However, a spirit of camaraderie prevailed, with those who had access to up-to-date online versions of the texts willingly sharing with other delegates in order to keep discussions moving forward,” read a statement from the conference.
WCIT-12 is noted as a “paperless conference,” completely relying on web access for attendees to view resources.
Organizers also noted some hackers claimed responsibility but did not specify which groups had done so. WCIT-12 is currently ongoing in Dubai, United Emirates and will conclude on December 14.