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NATO set to hold massive cyber security exercises in Estonia

22 April 2015 9:58


The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is set to hold a major cyber security drill in Estonia as part of its efforts to improve the capability to counter devastating hacker attacks.

Some 400 computer experts from 16 nations will take part in the annual maneuver dubbed Locked Shields 2015 later this week.

This year’s exercise, which will be held at NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence in Estonia’s capital city of Tallinn, will involve both the Windows 8 operating system and the forthcoming Windows 10 system, organizers say.

“Locked Shields prepares computer emergency response specialist for the ever-changing cyber security landscape. Uniquely, we use realistic technologies, networks, and attack methods,” said Artur Suzik, head of the NATO cyber defense center.

Estonia has hosted the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence since 2008, after a series of cyber attacks on the country a year earlier, which targeted the websites of the Estonian parliament, banks, ministries, newspapers and broadcasters.

The drill comes at a time when Eastern Europe is experiencing heightened tensions over the crisis in Ukraine.

The US and its European allies accuse Moscow of destabilizing Ukraine. Russia, however, rejects the accusation.

Relations between Russia and NATO strained after Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea reintegrated into the Russian Federation following a referendum on March 16, 2014. The Western military alliance ended all practical cooperation with Russia over the ensuing crisis in Ukraine last April.

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