Estonia / Russia Cyber Attack UpdateItems in the May 28, 2007 edition of the International Herald Tribune have confirmed the spam attacks played an early roll in the cyber disputer between Estonia and Russia.
- "In one of the first strikes, a flood of junk messages was thrown at the e-mail server of the [Estonian] Parliament, shutting it down" Read International Herald Tribune story...
While later attacks on the Estonian Internet Infrastructure involved hacked websites and Denial of Service assualts, this early flood of spam crippled servers, reducing the ability to communicate easily via email.
This is why "Country of Origin" email filtering makes so much sense. If you don't have business dealings with a country, who expose your servers to floods of spam email that could arise within its borders. Easily stop email from ever reaching your servers by analyzing the IP address of the originating server.