I’ve been following this fascinating story for a few weeks now. It started when Estonian authorities began removing a bronze statue of a World War II-era Soviet soldier from a park in Tallinn, Estonia. The removal sparked violent protests from Estonians of Russian descent as was to be expected. What was unexpected was what the NY Times — in the article entitled, “Digital Fears Emerge After Data Siege in Estonia” — and others have called the “first war in cyberspace.” The country was beseiged by a flood of distributed denial-of-service attacks on the country’s digital infrastructure, “clogging the Web sites of the president, the prime minister, Parliament and other government agencies, staggering Estoniaâ€™s biggest bank and overwhelming the sites of several daily newspapers.” The cyber-attacks went on for several weeks.
The story was also slashdotted.
The 10 largest assaults blasted streams of 90 megabits of data a second at Estoniaâ€™s networks, lasting up to 10 hours each. That is a data load equivalent to downloading the entire Windows XP operating system every six seconds for 10 hours.
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