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Kremlin-backed youths launched Estonian cyberwar, says Russian official




Kremlin-backed youths launched Estonian cyberwar, says Russian official
Kremlin-backed youths launched Estonian cyberwar, says Russian official



http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/11/russian_admits_estonian_ddos/ 

By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
The Register
11th March 2009

Members of a Kremlin-backed youth group spearheaded the cyberattacks 
that paralyzed Estonia's internet traffic in May of 2007, a Russian 
government official has admitted.

Until recently, Russia has denied any involvement in the DDoS (or 
distributed denial of service) attacks, which followed a diplomatic row 
between the two countries. But in an interview with The Financial Times, 
a "commissar" in a Kremlin-backed youth group known as Nashe 
unapologetically said he and other associates were behind the month-long 
assault.

"I wouldn't have called it a cyber attack; it was cyber defence," the 
official, Konstantin Goloskokov, told the paper. "We taught the Estonian 
regime the lesson that if they act illegally, we will respond in an 
adequate way."

Applying what can fairly be described as twisted logic, Goloskokov 
continued: "We did not do anything illegal. We just visited the various 
internet sites, over and over, and they stopped working. We didn't block 
them: they were blocked by themselves because of their own technical 
limitations in handling the traffic they encountered."

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