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"Only Democracies, Not Bullies, Are Worthy of Respect" | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 13.07.2007
DW-WORLD.DE spoke to Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves about the challenges facing his country and its stormy relationship with Russia.

Ilves grew up in the United States and attended Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. He became president of Estonia on Oct. 9, 2006.

In May 2007, Estonia came under a wave of crippling cyber attacks, which jammed government and business Web sites from computers all over the world. Computer security experts, however, say that, particularly in the early phase, some attackers were identified by their Internet addresses -- many of which were Russian.

It is believed the attacks were prompted by the Estonian government's decision to remove a Soviet Second World War memorial from a downtown memorial in the capital city on April 27. The decision caused an outrage among ethnic Russians in Tallinn and provoked angry condemnation from Russian officials.

DW-WORLD.DE: Who do you feel was behind the cyber attacks against the Estonian government?

Toomas Hendrik Ilves: It was not only the Estonian government. It was a number of Web sites including private banks, the emergency number system 112, and the press. I don't know who's behind it, but clearly it was organized.

by Fran on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:22:19 AM EST
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