NATO to Create Cyber Defense Force to Battle Cyber Attacks

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Hot on the heels of a US Air Force Colonel advocating building a bigger, badder and bolder bot-net (reported here on the Internet Patrol) comes news that seven of the twenty-six current members of NATO, the military alliance of democratic European and North American states, are to establish the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre Of Excellence, in Tallinn, Estonia, taking further the work of NATO’s existing internal computer network defense team.

The selection of Estonia to host the Centre is extraordinarily appropriate, as Estonia is one of the most wired countries in Europe. Its reliance on computers, though, makes it more vulnerable than most to cyber-attack. In April and May 2007 the “Estonian Cyberwar” took down many Estonian web sites including several hosted by government, banks, newspapers and broadcasters. This is now considered by many to be one of the largest and most sophisticated cyber-attacks to date, and many countries are studying the techniques used, one of which was the rental of large bot-nets more usually used to distribute spam.

Although Estonia accused the Kremlin of having a hand in the concerted attacks, coming as they did in the middle of a tense dispute between Estonia and Russia over the Estonians’ removal of the Bronze Soldier Soviet war memorial in central Tallinn, experts from both NATO and the European Commission (the executive branch of the European Union) were unable to establish any proof of participation by the Russian government.

The centre plans to recruit 30 experts from NATO member states, to begin operations in August, and to formally launch in 2009. The US – surprisingly, given Colonel Williamson’s interest in cyber-warfare – will not be sponsoring the Centre. It will, however, send an observer. This apparent lack of involvement may be because the Centre will remain small, even as it shares research and experience with NATO members; each member state retains primary responsibility for defending its own networks.

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One thought on “NATO to Create Cyber Defense Force to Battle Cyber Attacks

  1. we have a bit of a hacker problem on my friend’s site. We have all the proof who they are, and all the records where they are located, these guys are confident enough to identify themselves and claim responsibility for their attacks. Yes, they’ve attacked more than 4 times already, trying to bring the website down, DDos and email bombs among others. Since these 2 guys have already been attacking constantly, and we already fended them off a few times, along with other companies they have blackmailed (yes they admited to those to), these guys are getting out of hand, and what can we do to get them arrested already? Anyway

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