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Tallinn Manual – the international law in cyberspace

In 2007, Estonia faced cyber-attacks that have been widely acknowledged as the world’s first cyber war. At the peak of these attacks, fifty-eight Estonian websites were offline at once, including those of the government, most newspapers and banks. Even though the attacks were technically rather robust and there was nothing …

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Estonia urges the EU to rely less on US ‘clouds’

IT hub Estonia has urged the European Union to rely less on US firms for ‘cloud’ data storage, amid tensions over claims of US spying and data surveillance. “Recent months have proven once again that it’s very important for Europe to have its own data clouds that operate strictly under European …

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Moscow desires Russian missile shield over the Baltic States, Finland, Poland, Sweden, and Norway

Russia still wants to avoid elements of NATO’s anti-aircraft and anti-missile defence in close vicinity and proposes to the Alliance to divide Europe into responsibility areas, the Second Investigation Department under Lithuania’s Ministry of National Defence, in charge of military intelligence, said in a 2012 report on threats to national security. “Despite …

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Estonia celebrates the traditional Victory Day

Võidupüha or Victory Day is an Estonian public holiday, which has been celebrated on 23 June every year since 1934 until 1939 — and then again after the restoration of Estonian independence from 1992. Victory Day recalls the decisive battle during the War of Independence in which the Estonian military forces and …

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Saber Strike 2013 successfully concluded (video)

Saber Strike 2013 concluded last week, as training locations in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia held closing ceremonies to commemorate two weeks of multinational exercises in the Baltics. “The exercise was an extreme success,” said Col. Frederick Jessen, U.S. Army Europe’s contingency-command post officer in charge. “We partnered with numerous nations …

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Cybersecurity: 3DOS – the new breed of denial-of-service attacks

The traditional DOS (denial-of-service) attack is a fairly simple concept to understand – bombarding a target server, perhaps that of a newspaper, bank or government agency, with a deluge of botnet traffic until it simply gives up the ghost. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’s own nifty analogy (and my favourite) is that it is …

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Cold War in the north

The Nordic and Baltic states are increasingly worried about Russia. Discussing NATO membership in Sweden is a bit like discussing sex at a church youth club. Everyone agrees the subject is important, but you have to tiptoe round some taboos. I have just been in Stockholm courtesy of the terrific Free …

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Estonia and Lithuania disagree on rotating NATO air policing mission

Estonian Minister of Defence, Urmas Reinsalu, has declined to comment on the dispute between Estonia and Lithuania in relation to NATO air policing mission’s periodic rotation. Currently, the mission is based in Lithuania, but Estonia would like to see it rotating between the two countries. Meanwhile, Juozas Olekas, Lithuanian defence minister, who wants …

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