[funsec] Behind The Estonia Cyber Attacks
viktor.larionov at salva.ee
Sat Mar 7 03:21:38 CST 2009
Neither does our local press here, they took it all serious.
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Subject: Re: [funsec] Behind The Estonia Cyber Attacks
Author: "Gadi Evron" <ge at linuxbox.org>
Date: 07th March 2009 5:33:53
They don't understand Russian humour.
On Fri, 6 Mar 2009, Paul Ferguson wrote:
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> Via Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty.
> In the spring of 2007, a cyberattack on Estonia blocked websites and
> paralyzed the country's entire Internet infrastructure. At the peak of the
> crisis, bank cards and mobile-phone networks were temporarily frozen,
> setting off alarm bells in the tech-dependent country -- and in NATO as
> The cyberattacks came at a time when Estonia was embroiled in a dispute
> with Russia over the removal of a Soviet-era war memorial from the center
> of Tallinn. Moscow denied any involvement in the attacks, but Estonian
> officials were convinced of Russia's involvement in the plot.
> A new blog post  for Ekho Moskvy makes a startling revelation about the
> 2007 attacks. The post, by journalist Nargiz Asadova -- a columnist for RIA
> Novosti based in Washington, and an Ekho Moskvy host -- describes a March 3
> panel discussion between Russian and American experts on information
> warfare in the 21st century.
> Asadova, who was moderating the discussion, asked why Russia is routinely
> blamed  for the cyberattacks in Estonia and Georgia, where government
> sites were seriously disrupted during the August war.
> She might not have been expecting the answer she got from Sergei Markov, a
> State Duma Deputy from the pro-Kremlin Unified Russia party: "About the
> cyberattack on Estonia... don't worry, that attack was carried out by my
> assistant. I won't tell you his name, because then he might not be able to
> get visas."
> Markov, a political analyst who has long been one of Vladimir Putin's
> glibbest defenders, went on to explain that this assistant happened to be
> in "one of the unrecognized republics" during the dispute with Estonia and
> had decided on his own that "something bad had to be done to these
> fascists." So he went ahead and launched a cyberwar.
> "Turns out it was purely a reaction from civil society," Markov reportedly
> said, adding ominously, "and, incidentally, such things will happen more
> and more."
> In Russia, Markov's confession is all over the blogosphere, but has yet to
> be picked up by the Russian media.
> Hat-tip: Intelfusion
> - - ferg
>  http://www.echo.msk.ru/blog/n_asadova/576689-echo/
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> "Fergie", a.k.a. Paul Ferguson
> Engineering Architecture for the Internet
> ferg's tech blog: http://fergdawg.blogspot.com/
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