Estonia to boost web surveillance after Norway attack

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 16:59 EDT
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TALLINN — Estonia is planning to bolster monitoring of the Internet to track potential extremist plots in the wake of last week’s massacre in Norway.

“We’re waiting for the results of the investigation in Norway and after that will certainly look at whether we should make changes in legislation in Estonia,” said Erkki Koort, in charge of internal security at the Estonian interior ministry.

“At the moment one thing is clear — as a preventive measure we plan to increase the capacity of Internet monitoring so we can pick up information from the Internet about possible attack plans or anything that can jeopardise internal security,” he told AFP.

Anders Behring Breivik, who has admitted to Friday’s bombing and shooting spree in Norway that killed 76, was a member of a Swedish neo-Nazi Internet forum, according to monitors in Stockholm.

Behring Breivik also posted a 1,518-page manifesto on the Internet prior to his assault.

Estonia is at the cutting edge of the battle with online risks, due to its reliance on the Internet.

The nation of 1.3 million, where public services are accessible at a special state portal, has the label “E-stonia”.

Since a politically-charged “cyber-war” in 2007 widely blamed on Russian hackers, the Baltic country has become a leader in tracking and fending off online attacks, and hosts NATO’s IT-defence facility.

On Monday, police in Estonia’s neighbour Finland said they would pay closer attention to fragmented pieces of information — known as “weak signals” — in case they connect to a credible terrorist threat.

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