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Cyber attacks against Lithuania do not stop

Danuta Pavilenene, BC, Vilnius, 30.06.2008.Print version
Organized cyber attacks against Lithuania do not stop, therefore the administrators of networks should be alert, specialists claim. However, they underline that the attacks that have taken place by now cannot be compared to those experienced by Estonia last year according to their scale.

According to Rytis Rainys, head of the networks and information security department of the Connection Regulation Service (RRT), reports about violated internet pages are still being received.


"One should not lose alertness. Attacks are still taking place, therefore the administrators of networks should not relax," Rainys told ELTA.


At the weekend, hackers broke into the internet pages of the Chief Institutional Ethics Commission (VTEK) and the ruling Lithuanian Social Democratic Party. Instead of their usual content one could see soviet symbols with an abusing text in them.


It was reported last week that Russian hackers were going to prepare huge "cyber attacks" against the Baltic states. It is claimed that purportedly they were outraged by the condition of the Russian speaking people in the Baltic states and the ban of communist symbols. Encouragements to "attack" Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were speedily spreading in the Russian internet forums.


According to Rainys, it has been found out already that the majority of these attacks came from abroad.


"Having considered the fact that there were signals, invitations and agitation, one can claim that these attacks were organized in advance. However, in case of cyber attacks, it is difficult to speak about particular countries, because usually personal computers are not used in order to cover original sources," the RRT representative told ELTA.


According to Rainys, state institutions were warned about the possible attacks in advance, therefore the negative outcome is smaller than it could be. According to the specialist, usually cyber criminals are trying to damage those internet pages that have the biggest security gabs.


Russian hackers have caused considerable problems in Estonia. Last spring these attacks forced to temporally close the internet pages of Estonian state institutions and business in the country experienced some problems. These attacks were a response to the decision of the Estonian authorities to move a monument of soviet regime from the center of Tallinn.

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