Feeds

Aussie bin Laden penetrates APEC security

Police decry TV comedy stunt

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

A crack squad of Oz TV comedians - one dressed as Osama bin Laden - today succeeded in penetrating tight defences around the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Sydney, Reuters reports.

The Chaser team drove three cars, complete with motorcycle escorts, unchallenged through two checkpoints and were only detained "within metres of the hotel where U.S. President George W. Bush is staying". Police duly frisked the pranksters, confiscated a fake beard and detained "two cast members and several of the support crew for questioning".*

Local police superintendent Dave Owens was not impressed, and told the press: "Whilst I enjoy, like everyone else, a good laugh, this isn't funny. I'm very angry that such a stunt like this could be pulled."

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer claimed the incident "proved the security arrangements had worked". He added: "They presumably were ... aiming to humiliate a lot of well-known people. The point is they were in any case arrested."

Bootnote

*We sincerely hope this isn't a case of from Botany Bay to Guantanamo Bay.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights
Don't doodle, it might cost you your flight
WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups
Mankind shuffles into the future, five fingers at a time
Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen
Angry Microsoftie hauls auctioneers to court over stalled Pzkw. IV 'deal'
Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report
Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched
'I literally think about him every day' says biz baron's old friend
Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport
'Canine training exercise' SNAFU sees woman take home booming baggage
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.