Estonia repels cyberattacks claimed by Russian hackers

by | Aug 18, 2022 | World

Tallinn claims the cyberattacks triggered by removal of Soviet-era monument near border with Russia were ‘ineffective’.Estonia has repelled a wave of cyberattacks, which came shortly after its government opted to remove Soviet monuments in a region with an ethnic Russian majority.
“Yesterday, Estonia was subject to the most extensive cyber attacks it has faced since 2007,” Luukas Ilves, Estonia’s under-secretary for digital transformation at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
Ilves said the attempted distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks had “targeted both public institutions and the private sector” but were ultimately “ineffective”.
“Services were not disrupted. With some brief and minor exceptions, websites remained fully available throughout the day. The attack has gone largely unnoticed in Estonia,” he added.

Yesterday, Estonia was subject to the most extensive cyber attacks it has faced since 2007. Attempted DDoS attacks targeted both public institutions and the private sector. (1/4) @e_estonia
— Luukas Ilves (@luukasilves) August 18, 2022

Russian hacker group Killnet claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying on its social messaging app Telegram account on Wednesday that it had blocked access to more than 200 state and private Estonian institutions, such as an online citizen identification system.
Killnet, which claimed a similar attack against Lithuania in June, said it acted after a replica World War II Soviet Tu-34 tank was removed from public display on Tuesday in the town of Narva, near Estonia’s border with Russia, and taken to the Estonian War Museum in Viimsi.
The Estonian government had earlier ordered the swift removal of all public Soviet-era memorials in the majority-Russian-speaking town, citing risi …

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