Estonia Drops Cyberwar Theory, Claims Packets Were ‘Terrorism’
Estonian Justice Minister Rein Lang, one of the survivors of the recent denial-of-service attacks that hit some of the country’s websites, concedes the Russian government may not have been responsible after all, Agence France-Presse reports. But he says Estonia will ask the European Union next week to classify the incidents as terrorism.
"We’re inclined to view such things as acts of terror, just as the Americans view them now," Lang said at a press conference.
Dear Estonia: Terrorism generally kills people, sometimes lots of them. Websites being made unavailable by a flood of unwanted traffic isn’t terrorism. It’s something far, far worse. It’s Cybarmageddon!
So here’s my offer. If any Estonian official uses my word at the meeting of European Union justice ministers next Wednesday, I’ll transfer my newly-registered domain name cybarmageddon.com to the Estonian government, gratis.
Trust me, this will be worth something. Already the Google hits on cybarmageddon have soared from zero to around 20. Botnets and DDoS attacks aren’t going away, and we in the press will inevitably tire of using clichés like "Cyberwar!" and "Cyberterror!" to describe them. You can own the Future of Warfare!
Over at our sister blog Danger Room, Noah points out that the Estonian prime minister is asking Russia for help in tracking down the perpetrators of the "criminal activity."
Friday, June 17, 2011
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