Press Release: Network outage at World Conference on International Telecommunications

Disruption reinforces importance of cybersecurity

Dubai, 6 December, 2012 – Communication with one of the ITU websites was interrupted on late Wednesday afternoon, December 5, interfering with external access to the main ITU site and disrupting the late meeting of Working Group 1 of Committee 5, the substantive working committee of the WCIT-12 conference.

As a contingency measure, network traffic was redirected to a backup website hosted in another geographical region. ITU has noted a significant increase in network traffic generated by the worldwide attention around WCIT-12, and in particular, the public interest in conference documents and webcasts of conference proceedings. Some performance degradation was experienced for two hours before normal operation was restored.

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