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CERT chief: Estonia's cyber crisis management capability improved in decade

A number of state institutions were targeted by DDoS attacks in April 2007.
A number of state institutions were targeted by DDoS attacks in April 2007. Source: (ERR)

Estonia's capability to manage cyber crises has substantially improved over the past ten years, CERT Estonia chief Klaid Mägi said at a conference dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the April 2007 cyber attacks.

According to Mägi, who heads the Estonian Information System Authority (RIA) department responsible for the management of security incidents, the 2007 cyber attack were not very technologically sophisticated, but at the time they were still extraordinary in their scale and coordination, spokespeople for the RIA said in a press release.

"The current picture of cyber threats is much more diverse and intricate as a result of technological advances and the political environment," said Mägi. "The RIA and our partners have to deal with more and more complicated information systems, attacks on a larger scale and more diverse platforms under attack, as well as more and more often end users that demand convenience and simplicity. We are living in a time where cyber crimes are the safest way to commit a crime, thus today cyber crime sometimes exceeds the amount of physical crime. Cyber attacks have also become an inseparable part of military conflicts."

According to Mägi, compared to ten years ago, Estonia is substantially more capable of managing cyber crimes. "We have created systems that identify attacks and protect [us] from them, have practiced cooperation with public and private institutions, have substantially contributed to improving the knowledge of end users and are taking part in substantial international cooperation in order to manage crisis situations better," he highlighted.

Beginning April 27 and May 18, 2007, Estonian web pages were hit by large-scale DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, which began in the government sector and later spread to the education, media and private sectors. The cooperation of the Estonian IT community as well as support from foreign partners helped to rebuff the attacks.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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