Estonia: Tallinn builds up cyber army
14 January 2011
Concerned about the cyber assault on its institutions in 2007, Estonia has formed a volunteer cyber-army unit, the Cyber Defence League (CDL), to protect the country against such threats in the future, Rzeczpospolita leads. The first volunteer cyber army unit in the world, the CDL is part of Estonia’s paramilitary Total Defence League and in the event of a war will be put under military command. It now consists of some 80 IT specialists and engineers, who meet once a week to practice fighting off simulated hacker attacks. A leader in internet access, Estonia “was the first country in the world to offer internet voting in parliamentary elections. That is why a cyber attack could paralyse the whole country”, Vahur Made from Estonia’s Diplomatic Academy told the newspaper.