Estonian World is the victim of a cyberattack

For the first time in ten years of existence, Estonian World has been the victim of a cyber attack, probably perpetrated by Russian hackers due to our continuous coverage and strong condemnation of the unprovoked Russian war against Ukraine.

On March 3, the Estonian World website experienced technical difficulties and was sometimes very slow or inaccessible. At that time, we did not yet know it was a cyberattack and we made our site work.

However, on the night of March 4, it was clear that the Estonian World website was under attack by perpetrators who gained access to the website and installed malware on our site, which led our hosting provider and support , Zone Media, to take the precautionary measure of blocking access to Estonian World.

For most of March 4, the Estonian World website was completely inaccessible, and we apologize to our readers and supporters.

Thanks to the tireless work of Estonian World’s partner and IT specialist, Sander Saar, and the entire Zone Media team, we were able to clean the site of installed malware, restore content from backups and bring the site back online by the evening of March 4 – or the early hours of March 5, Estonian time.

Fortunately, none of our content was lost as Zone’s backup systems were able to restore everything we published before the cyberattack.

Estonian World would like to thank everyone who offered their help in this crisis situation, including Zone Media, our own Sander Saar, our contributing author and cyber defense expert Patrik Maldre, Estonian cyber range company CybExer, Oliver Sild and Patchstack , the Estonian Information Systems Authority, and many others. We are deeply grateful for your help.

We will continue to do our best to protect our magazine from cyberattacks and provide you with quality coverage from the Estonian perspective.

And to the potentially Russian hackers who tried to attack us, we have only one thing to say.

“Русский военный корабль, иди на хуй.

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