Russia likely to blame for threatening schoolchildren

The sending of threatening messages to hundreds of Latvian schoolskindergartens  and other institutions last week was most likely organized by Russia, the head of the National Security Commission of the Saeima, Ainars Latkovskis (New Unity), told the "Krustpunktā" (Crossroads) program of Latvian Radio, October 17. 

Since Lithuania, Poland and Estonia have also received similarly threatening messages, the Latvian State Police (VP) has offered to create a joint cooperation group with these countries to work on a joint, coordinated investigation of the case, Latkovskis revealed.

"Seeing that Western democratic countries are being attacked, I can say with 99% certainty that it is most likely Russia that is organizing it," Latkovskis said.

Meanwhile, scientist, cyber security and artificial intelligence technology researcher at the Rīga-based NATO STRATCOMCOE center Gundars Bergmanis-Korāts explained in the program that in order to catch the culprit, it is necessary to assess what type of cyber infrastructure was used to send out the threatening e-mails.

"Very often, people can be caught based on their mistakes, which are revealed in various open sources," said Bergmanis-Korāts, adding that there are technological possibilities to hide using various networks, and hidden IP addresses.


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