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Estonia Requires Effective Cyber Law to Fight Against Spam

The Justice Chancellor of Estonia, Indrek Teder, said that Estonian laws do not ensure enough security to people against junk mails and he advised to mend the law on information society services, as reported by Baltic Times on June 4, 2008.

In the interpretation of enterprises that clog up the mail inboxes of their customers with ads, if there is a link at the end of an advertising mail that can be clicked to erase the recipient from the list of mailing, then everything is lawful.

Presently, sending spam to individuals can only be allowed if the user has agreed or if he is acquainted how to decline advertising in a simple way. But the law does not mention clearly whether one or both prerequisites have to be met.

The officials said that cyber crimes and spam are the forte of experienced hackers instead of young and ruthless cyber criminals. Also, there are many hijacked systems or "botnets" in Estonia that are employed for committing online crime and sending spam.

A study conducted by IT Group during May 2008 revealed that around 37.5 Million junk mails with a volume of around 187.5 Gigabytes roam on Internet networks of Estonia everyday. The increasing numbers of spam mails annoyed users very much and they are claiming that they are planning to change mail IDs.

The officials informed that spammers are making use of the latest techniques to target a large part of the population. They are enticing Internet users by sending spam mails with the help of many harmful tools. Further, spyware is the major worry for the Estonian government as on downloading they can disclose clandestine details to the hackers who send the harmful tools.

The officials also said that cyber crimes with malware, adware and spyware in Estonia during May 2007, famously known on the web as "Estonian Cyberwar", could be taken as a prototype of what is going to arrive. However, they refused to comment whether Russia was behind the spam mail attacks.

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