Estonia’s ID card crisis: How e-state’s poster child got into and out of trouble


For the past two and a half months, Estonia has been facing the biggest security crisis since a wave of cyberattacks hit its banks and critical national infrastructure in 2007.

At the heart of the current debacle is the latest version of its national ID card, which has been a mandatory identification document for citizens of Estonia since 2002 and serves as a cornerstone of Estonia’s e-state.

The hardware behind the ID cards was found to be vulnerable to attacks, which could theoretically have led to identity thefts of Estonian citizens and also e-residents, something which its government has denied occurring.

Putting a positive spin on recent events, the state’s former CIO, Taavi Kotka, argues that the way the country has handled the crisis is actually positive, because he believes it will become a textbook case for others.

“No society depends on technology as much [as Estonia]. The communication and the reactions [will be studied],” he said on national broadcaster ERR’s Foorum.

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Source: ZDNet