By John E. Dunn
18 March 2010
EU states need to work far more closely with one another to have any
chance of fending off the sort of cyberattacks that caused huge problems
for Estonia in 2007, a House of Lords report has said.
According to the Protecting Europe against large-scale cyber-attacks
report, the Estonian cyberwar of April that year was the model of the
sort of attacks that were likely to hit the EU in the next few years,
featuring a highly-connected society dependant on the Internet that also
lacks adequate defences against DDoS (distributed denial of service) and
The committee's report shies away from naming which EU states were rated
by the experts it spoke to as giving cause for concern, but hints more
than once that that Eastern European is a particularly weak link in an
otherwise quite strong chain.
That could be any of ten states in theory, but refers most likely to the
smaller and poorer ones, so read Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Hungary,
Romania and Slovakia. Estonia, meanwhile, has learned its lesson and is
believed to have upped its defences.
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