Russia kinda-sorta owns up to Estonia cyberwar

Russia kinda-sorta owns up to Estonia cyberwar

Summary: Radio Free Europe is reporting that an official from Putin's party has publicly stated that he orchestrated the 2007 DDoS Attacks on Estonia.The information security and military communities have been speculating for the past two years about who were the primary actors behind the 2007 Estonian DDoS attacks.

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Radio Free Europe is reporting that an official from Putin's party has publicly stated that he orchestrated the 2007 DDoS Attacks on Estonia. The information security and military communities have been speculating for the past two years about who were the primary actors behind the 2007 Estonian DDoS attacks. On Friday, Radio Free Europe ran an article stating that Sergei Markov, a deputy from the State Duma and United Russia party member claimed to have directed an assistant to instigate the a civilian-lead cyber war through unofficial channels

This would be akin to my congressperson, Nancy Pelosi, having her assistant troll message boards and 2600 meetings looking for people to DDoS France in 2002 because they wouldn't go along with our Iraq war plans.

If the admission is correct, it means that Russia's DDoS actions were more of a people's militia-type activity rather than a view into their regular military's information warfare capabilities.

Hat tip to SANS for posting the story.

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  • Two things...

    1. Anything that has military, economic or administrative significance becomes fair game in shooting wars, therefore, it doesn't surprize me that countries would be prepared to wage cyber-warfare.

    2. The alleged admission to the DDoS attacks covered in the story is probably designed to inform Russia's strategic foes about Russian capability in this area. This is quite similar to the anti-satellite tests conducted by China a year and a half ago or so.

    I'd say Russia DDoS-ing Estonia is par-for-the-course in the Information Age.
    khawaja.umar.farooq
  • Just because we dont hear...

    ...what American spooks are up to -- doesn't mean they are sitting around in total innocence doing nothing.

    EVERY country on the planet with an Internet connection is up to the same stuff -- to one degree or another.
    Marty R. Milette
  • RE: Russia kinda-sorta owns up to Estonia cyberwar

    Well i thought this was clear long time ago where from the attack come after we discovered some Kremlin important network IP's and current & past known FSB people in russian hacking boards giving/spreading instructions and ready made software whit Estonian gov, bank & newspaper IP's to hack.

    Waffa Margus
    WaffaDrunker
  • RE: Russia kinda-sorta owns up to Estonia cyberwar

    RFE, Radio Liberty = CIA

    vilppuu
  • Wasn't the RBN behind this?

    Looks like the SOB who leads them has played a move of his chess game wrong..but there's no mention of which official this is.
    gildedlink
    • RBN could still be the civilian gunslinger

      No civilian names were excluded. Maybe the RBN is who first came to the civilian assistant mind -- or who the Russian cops said was the biggest and nastiest cyber crime experts. The cops probably did not know why the assistant was asking...not until they got a Duma request to stop investigating them.

      Wasn't that recent news too...that RBN looks like most them are off the hook in Russia?
      wellduh
  • LOL- Slanted beep beep

    LOL Adam certainly shows an interesting elitism that assumes all politicians are completely isolated from anyone with connections to modern technology. Maybe its YOUR elitist personality that makes them refuse your calls, not your expertise. 2600 club indeed. He also assumes all political assistants are totally incompetent. Sure some might be...but most need to be able to do more than provide sexual favors. Competitive positions.

    The assistant likely called the local, regional and national Russian police about who had a cyber crimes record or was being watched. Hee hee maybe the assistant called the US embassy about that list of malware and cyber fraud complaints. Then it would be a matter of finding "patriots", people seeking approval, and those open to modest bribes like..."we will see the Russian/US charges dropped if you will produce the following result". Gee the same way the US CIA might approach such a problem if using domestic civilian assets.

    I am pretty sure Nancy Pelosi has idea which of her assistants might know how to contact cyber-greeks with a hazy concept of ethics. Everybody tends to know the office geeks and ones who are suspected of talking to radicals/reactionaries (Republicans). Also politicians in Democratic societies tend to maintain someone in order to be able to troll minor demographics for votes with a bit of deniability and well as to tap into dynamics around legislation. Multiple reasons that one of several assistants might even knew where or who to start talking to without going to law enforcement.
    wellduh
  • Militia vs Formal Military capabilities

    LOL - after all why use military when the chances of domestic civilian causalities is almost nil (as is the cost of such offenses win or lose)?

    To be honest I suspect that most military offensive cyber-warfare is more a game of coordinating and harvesting techniques of the civilian sector. Other than capture and decoding communications and physical brute force destruction via EMP and sabotage that is. A military or military contractor environment really doesn't support radical and cost effective creative thinking for software offense.

    But that military/contractor environment does support moderately effective research into reactionary development of countermeasures to specific known attacks and projected attacks along the course of current mainstream hypothetical attacks.

    Defensive efforts are where I suspect most national militaries spend most their in-house money and time. Not to say that there aren't a few high powered platforms ready to be loaded with the latest attack software gleaned from civilian. But I suspect that is more for pinpoint shock attacks on lesser targets under cover of more general civilian led assaults.

    The dynamic nature of the game favors that approach.

    wellduh
  • RE: Russia kinda-sorta owns up to Estonia cyberwar

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