A 19-year-old university student of technology has been apprehended by the Estonian criminal police on suspicion of arranging and realizing virtual attacks against the Net infrastructure of the Estonian government and various political parties, as part of the unrest caused by the relocation of the Soviet World War II memorial in Tallinn.
The man was actively involved in various Internet discussion forums, where he gave advice on how to carry out the attacks, the Estonian State Prosecution Office announced on Saturday. The incursions urged and carried out by the suspect were so-called denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, and they were targeted against several different servers based in Estonia. Hackers hit government sites, and many were put out of action.
The suspect is an Estonian citizen and resides in Tallinn. According to the State Prosecution Office, several people have been involved in arranging the attacks and the number of suspects is likely to increase.