Cyber-terrorism

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Cyber-terrorism is an assault on electronic communication networks. This can result in great economic loss, disrupted energy supply, and even large scale death. Because of countries reliance on computers today, cyber-terrorism has emerged as a huge threat which can cause more damage than traditional terrorism[1].

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Cyber-Attacks on Estonia

In May of 2007, Russia was accused of conducting a three week cyber-terrorism attack on the small Baltic country of Estonia. The terror attacks came as the two countries were embroiled in their worst dispute since the end of the Cold War. The dispute was over Estonia removing a statue to honor the oppressive, murderous Red Army in their capital Tallinn. In response to this, Russia began a campaign of cyber-attacks which disabled government websites; including military websites, newspapers, companies, banks and other parts of the Estonian cyber-infrastructure.[2] Although there has not been solid evidence, Estonian officials traced IP addresses to computers in Russian government offices, including one in President Vladimir Putin's office, and believe that some of the attacks may have been done through hijacked computers[3]. Evidence also suggests that the cyber-attacks may have also been carried out by ordinary people equipped with instructions from Russian websites[4]. The attacks on Estonia urged the country to call on organizations like NATO, and the EU, to develop responses to this new 21st century national security threat.[5]

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  1. Crime Research Accessed July 18 2007
  2. Daily Telegraph Accessed July 18 2007
  3. Cyberterrorism has become a reality Associated Content Accessed July 18 2007
  4. Daily Telegraph Accessed July 18 2007
  5. Daily Telegraph Accessed July 18 2007
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