Embarrassment as EU Commission Official’s computers hacked… at Internet Governance Forum

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes broke news of her advisers computers being hacked at the hotel where they were staying in Baku (Azerbaijan) where they were attending the Internet Governance Forum on her blog over the weekend.

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes broke news of her advisers computers being hacked at the hotel where they were staying in Baku (Azerbaijan) where they were attending the Internet Governance Forum on her blog over the weekend.

In her blog Neelie Kroes explains having concerns as to whether she should attend the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Baku stating that “The country has amazing artists: but also a government with a very troubling attitude to freedom and democracy.” Reflecting on the radical change experienced by the host countries of previous IGF events including Tunisia and Egypt Kroes decided to embrace opportunity and attend. Kroes was left frustrated after she was denied access to meet political prisoners even despite a commitment from the President of Azerbaijan. In addition to the hacking of her advisers computers, activists at the conference were harassed leaving Kroes to comment “So much for openness.”

The irony of this news may cause you to smirk, perhaps even chuckle a little. Consider for a moment that you’ve been invited or required to attend an event, with company hardware, somewhere you are somewhat unsure of, what would you do to secure your information?

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