Saturday, May 19, 2007

The first virtual war?

In 2000, Estonia declared internet access a fundamental human right of its citizens. Free wireless abounds, citizens have digital identity cards and do much of their banking and other activities online.

It is also the site of what has been described as the world's first virtual war. Since April, Estonia's computer networks have experienced waves of sustained attack causing servers to crash and bringing many services to a stand still.

In an era where we are putting more and more of our public service information online and creating civic access pathways that pivot on internet access, 'denial of service' and other attacks move from annoying to dangerous. If I couldn't access my online banking or get into my email, life would get pretty ugly pretty fast.

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