Estonia accused Russia of waging a cyber war

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

Estonia has recently accused Russia of waging a cyber war against it. It said the country's websites were under attack, which came from networks hosted by Russian state computer servers.

Head of it security at Estonia's defence ministry, Mikhail Tammet, said the attacks affected the functioning of the government since the country heavily relies on online administration. Estonia took the matter to the eu-Russia summit held on May 13. But Moscow has denied the charges.

Estonia said instructions on how to carry out cyber warfare were circulating on Russian websites. Estonian prime minister Andrus Ansip has accused Russia of being responsible for this.

On April 27, 2007 Estonia--a former Soviet country--had removed a Soviet war memorial in capital Tallinn. This was criticised by Russia. According to Estonian officials, the new cyber war started just after it removed the Soviet memorial.

eu internet experts are trying to track the cyber criminals, but Estonian officials said Russia is not co-operating. The episode has once again worsened the already sour relations between the two former Soviet nations.

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