Today, Estonia is ranked among the global heavyweights in cybersecurity. But 13 years ago, the country was forced to scramble to respond to one of the most devastating cyberattacks in history, executed by Russian operatives.
On that day in April 2007, Jonatan Vseviov was posted at Estonia’s embassy in Washington, D.C., handling the small eastern European country’s political affairs. He learned quickly of the attacks after he lost access to websites.
“You have to remember that it wasn't just a cyberattack that happened,” said Vseviov, now Estonia’s ambassador to the U.S., referring to the escalating tensions between Estonia and Russia. The cyberattacks were spurred by the relocation of a bronze statue of a Russian soldier.
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