By Timothy Chui
March 13, 2008
The Beijing Olympics represents too good a target for hackers to pass
up, according to the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau.
Addressing the Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team Conference
yesterday, assistant government chief information officer of
infrastructure and security John Wong Shak-chuen said the Games, as well
as key elections in some parts of the world later this year, were being
targeted by politically motivated hackers.
"These events frequently attract a counter culture who wish to gain
visibility for a cause by blocking major events, thereby creating major
embarrassment," Wong said.
In preparation for the Olympics, the emergency response team conducted a
drill last year simulating a cyber attack to gauge coordination among
law enforcers and to study how to reduce the impact of possible cyber
attacks during the Games.
A Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games official last year
suggested hacking was a potential threat to the Games.
As the image of a money-motivated hacker replaces that of the budding
delinquent computer science teenager, local and international
information security experts agree that safe havens for criminally
controlled servers remain one of the biggest hurdles in tackling
A senior source at the conference, who wished to remain anonymous, said
most safe haven states were in eastern Europe where highly qualified and
illegitimately employed hackers practiced their trade with little threat
from law enforcers.
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