Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Denial of Service Attacks Force Estonian Bank to Close Website

An AFP newswire article, via Yahoo! News, reports that:

Estonia's second-biggest bank, Swedish-owned SEB Eesti Uhispank, was forced Tuesday to block access from abroad to its online banking service after it came under "massive cyber-attack", an official said.

"Massive attacks were launched at noon against our Internet bank, blocking access to our website," Silver Vohu, head of communications at the bank, told AFP.

"Access was restored at 2:00 pm (1100 GMT), but only for users in Estonia. Access from computers located outside Estonia will continue to be restricted for security reasons," he said.

The cyber attacks were the first to target the bank group since a series of similar assaults were launched at the end of last month against the websites of Estonian state institutions, said Vohu.

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