20-Year-Old Arrested for Estonian Cyber Attacks
Last summer, Estonia's online networks were under attack. Many of the country's governmental Web sites, as well as some that belonged to newspapers and other national media outlets, were shut down by a flood of traffic from surrounding nations. The attacks began after the Estonian government made the controversial decision move a World War II monument to fallen Russian soldiers. During and immediately following the attacks, Russian hackers were quick to be blamed. Now, though, it seems that the instigator of the attacks wasn't Russian, but was instead an Estonian.
The arrested man is 20-year-old Dmitri Galushkevich, a student who is accused of launching the attacks from his home PC. Dmitri, though Estonian, was against his government's plans to move the statue. As a form of protest he used his online connections to launch the attack using computers all over the world. The computers had been compromised with viruses and other malicious software, enabling him to control them remotely and coordinate their attacks, though it's still unclear whether he acted on his own or was part of a team.
So, there are a number of lessons to be learned here, primary among them is the eye-opening possibility for a lone wolf hacker to spark an international incident between two countries with already strained relations. All the more reason, then, to have our military focus a little more on cyberwarfare than the real sort.
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