[ISN] Weak states leave EU open to cyberattack

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:13:58 -0600 (CST)

By John E. Dunn 
18 March 2010

EU states need to work far more closely with one another to have any 
chance of fending off the sort of cyberattacks that caused huge problems 
for Estonia in 2007, a House of Lords report has said.

According to the Protecting Europe against large-scale cyber-attacks 
report, the Estonian cyberwar of April that year was the model of the 
sort of attacks that were likely to hit the EU in the next few years, 
featuring a highly-connected society dependant on the Internet that also 
lacks adequate defences against DDoS (distributed denial of service) and 

The committee's report shies away from naming which EU states were rated 
by the experts it spoke to as giving cause for concern, but hints more 
than once that that Eastern European is a particularly weak link in an 
otherwise quite strong chain.

That could be any of ten states in theory, but refers most likely to the 
smaller and poorer ones, so read Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Hungary, 
Romania and Slovakia. Estonia, meanwhile, has learned its lesson and is 
believed to have upped its defences.


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