Man Convicted In Estonia Cyber Attack

    January 24, 2008

An Estonian court has fined a man tied to hacking official Web sites during last year’s riots over the moving of a Soviet war memorial.

The court of Harju district, whose jurisdiction includes the capital Tallinn, said it had fined the 20-year-old 17,500 kroons ($1,635) for bringing down the server Web site of the ruling- coalition- leading Reform Party.

"There was only one suspect and he received the court’s verdict yesterday, but investigations are continuing (into other hacking offenses)," said Gerrit Maesalu, spokesman of the Northern District’s prosecutor’s office.

Dmitri Galushkevich used his home computer to carry out the cyber attack Maesalu said. Galushkevich is the only person to be convicted of the attack. The cyber attacks occurred around the time of two nights of riots by mainly ethnic Russian Estonians after the removal of the Soviet war memorial from the center of Tallinn to a military cemetery.

"He [Galushkevich] wanted to show that he was against the removal of this bronze statue," Maesalu. "At the moment, we don’t have any other suspects."

Accusations have been made that some of the attacks originated on servers linked to Russian authorities. Russia has denied any involvement in the attacks.