Dubai telecom talks hit by hackers

Dec 06, 2012, 11:13 AM EST
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Organizers of a U.N. conference on global telecommunications say hackers apparently blocked one of its main websites and caused disruptions in the talks that some critics fear could lead to greater controls over the Internet.

The U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union says the website was hit late Wednesday, blocking access to its main page and interfering with a closed-door working group. It says it's still investigating but initial signs point to hackers.

Thursday's statement says Internet traffic was diverted to a backup website for two hours before normal operations resumed.

The 11-day gathering in Dubai is being closely watched for possible new international pacts on Internet commerce and security.

The U.S. is leading efforts to block new Internet regulations, fearing they could open the door to greater monitoring and restrictions.