Estonia Suspects Russia of Cyberattack

NATO geeks dispatched after barrage cripples e-government
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2007 11:20 AM CDT
Estonia Suspects Russia of Cyberattack
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Estonia is under cyberattack after removing a Soviet war memorial from its capital, reports the Guardian.  A barrage of mysterious spam assaults crippling government ministries, banks, corporations, political parties and news organizations has prompted NATO to deploy counter-cyberterrorism experts to the Baltic state, as officials cast a suspicious eye at Russia.

While Russia has not been directly accused of the cyber-campaign, some attackers have been linked to Russian state institutions. One of the most wired countries in Europe, Estonia has a well-developed e-government that makes it particularly vulnerable. But avenues of recourse are unclear, Estonia's defense minister is at pains to point out: "At present, Nato does not define cyber-attacks as a clear military action."
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