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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Estonian governmental, banking, religious, and media sites - April 2007


DATE:
2007-04

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Estonia

AFFECTED SITES:
Several Estonian governmental, banking, religious, and media websites.

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Several sites offline, multiple defacements.

SOURCE COUNTRY:
Russia

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DoS, DDoS, spam, defacements

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
Ping floods (1), botnets (1).

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Apparently a reaction to Estonia's relocation of a Soviet-era Russian statue - considered an affront to the memory of Russian soldiers who died during WW2. Some speculation considers the attacks too sophisticated to have been a group of independent activists - that it must have had support from a telecom company or state (4). On the other hand, American experts (6,7) characterized it as less severe and less likely one government attacking another.

URLS:
1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_cyberattacks_on_Estonia
2. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/may/17/topstories3.russia
3. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7208511.stm
4. http://www.economist.com/world/international/displaystory.cfm?story_id=E1_JNNRSVS
5. http://www.rferl.org/content/article/1347550.html
6. http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2007/06/11/Analysis-Who-cyber-smacked-Estonia/UPI-26831181580439/
7. http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/news/article/0,289142,sid14_gci1255548,00.html


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