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Estonia Calls For Clear Laws On Cyberattacks

Aftermath of the April 27 riots in Tallinn (AFP) May 14, 2007 -- A senior Estonian official has called for clear international rules to prevent cyberattacks against government websites.

Madis Mikko, head of the Estonian Defense Ministry's Department of Public Relations, made his comments in an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio today.

Mikko said Estonian government websites were attacked by hackers allegedly operating from computers inside Russia.

The attacks took place after Estonian authorities removed a Soviet-era World War II monument from central Tallinn last month.

Meanwhile, two men have been arrested in Estonia as part of a police probe into the death of a young Russian during riots in Tallinn over the removal of the Soviet war monument.

A spokesman for the prosecutor's office says the two men are accused of beating the Russian and another man, but that neither has been questioned over the death.

The statue in Tallinn is seen by Russians as a sacred memorial to Red Army soldiers who fought in World War II, while many Estonians see it as a symbol of Soviet occupation.

(Interfax, AFP)

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