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France: Cyber-attacks hit e-G8 web forum

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 22:10

Paris: French President Nicolas Sarkozy`s
"e-G8" summit on the power of the Internet suffered a
technical hiccup when cyber-attacks disrupted the forum`s
wireless connection, organisers said on Wednesday.

Since yesterday "we have been undergoing a series of
attacks and attempted attacks from people outside" the
wireless service providing Internet access to journalists and
delegates, an e-G8 official who asked not to be named said.

The cyber-attacks failed to cut off access but caused
"disruption" of the wifi connection and the forum`s video
streaming in the tent where politicians and the world`s top
media bosses were meeting, the official added.

Sarkozy organised the e-G8 to draw up proposals to put
to the G8 summit of leading powers, opening tomorrow. Media
rights and civil society groups complained that their voices
were not being heard at the e-G8.

Web freedom campaign group La Quadrature du Net
rejected rumours that it was behind the cyber-attacks.

"That shows that some people are ill at ease with our
presence at the e-G8," Jeremie Zimmermann, leader of that
campaign group, which has fiercely criticised the stance of
major delegates on online regulation, said.


First Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 22:10
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