Cyber attacks spreading

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 1:16 | Posted in Estonia, eu, Finland, internet, russia | 1 Comment
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The Estonian daily Eesti Päevaleht writes that Estonia’s Minister of Defense Jaak Aaviksoo raised the issue of cyber attacks against Estonia at a meeting of EU’s defense ministers in Brussels on Monday. During the last couple of weeks, web sites of the Estonian government have been attacked heavily and many of them are not acessible from abroad. IP’s belonging to Russian government have been detected to participate in the attacks. This could mean either that some government organisations actively support the attack or that their security is bad enough to allow Russian government’s computers and servers to be hijacked.

Mean while in Finland, the web site of the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE has been down due to denial of service attacks most of Monday. The site was up again shortly after midnight. According to YLE news, another possible reason could be a failure of their ISP Sonera’s router. The exact reason is expected to be known during Tuesday.

While it can not be excluded that the latest attack against YLE could be some sort of a bizarre revenge of ice-hockey hooligans after the Russian team was beaten by Finland in the World Championship semi final, I find it more likely that it is a part of an attack against EU. The Russian crackers, either actively supported or at least tolerated by some government organisations, have apparently expanded their activities further from Estonia. Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet said in Brussels on Monday that the attacks should be included in the agenda of the top meeting between EU and Russia on Friday.

Edit (Tuesday morning at 11.17):  According to Helsingin Sanomat, the attack against YLE started again at 8 a.m. local time. Any device failure in equipment belonging to YLE or its partners is excluded. YLE has not as yet officially commented the source of the attack.

I say they just need to look at east.

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