APEC Web site readied for hack threat that never eventuated

APEC 2007’s general manager for technology reveals that ‘good commercial practice’ helped his IT team overcome a hack threat that never eventuated.

A back up to www.apec2007.org was never called upon despite threats to hack and disrupt the summit's official Web site, said the APEC IT chief.

"We can tell you now," said Gus Kollar, general manager for technology for the APEC 2007 taskforce.

"We were worried that there was a whisper coming to us from our security buddies that our Web site was going to be hacked and defaced."

Kollar said that his team never found out where the threat originated from.

"This was the hilarious thing, they sort of sidled up and nothing happened, and we never found out [who it was]."

"But there was a risk, so we worked out the risk and the most cost-effective solution."

He said that the solution involved putting in place a completely segregated, alternate APEC Web site that could be uploaded in a matter of minutes.

"It had a completely new C-Class addressing range, new DNS service and so on, so that it could be cut over to in about two and a half to three minutes. We never actually used it but the contingency was there."

"We always followed good commercial practice," said Kollar.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Andrew Hendry

Computerworld

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?