After Russia’s cyber warfare, its tiniest but most tech-savvy neighbour prepares revenge

(Bloomberg) — Estonia, the tiny eastern European nation that says it was the first target of state-sponsored cyber warfare from Russia, may soon be able to strike back.

Mirroring larger NATO members, its military is assembling a cyber-command unit to combat virtual attacks that have been growing by as much as 20 percent a year. As well as defensive strategies, the team of 300 people will develop offensive capabilities, though these won’t be deployed during peacetime.

“To prepare for defence, you need to know how to attack,” Col. Andres Hairk, head of the cyber-command unit, said in an interview before this week’s official opening. “When the real need arises, through armed conflict or war, then this capability that’s been developed to test our systems can be employed against potential adversaries.”