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Deal on cyber crime defense signed

Date: May 16, 2008

Seven NATO countries have signed a deal to create a research center to protect the alliance against cyber crime. The center will be based in the Estonian capital of Tallinn.

It will carry out research into computer warfare, and help NATO members respond to any cyber attacks against their networks. The agreement involves the three Baltic nations - Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia - plus Germany, Italy, Spain and Slovakia. The United States will join as an observer.

The NATO deal reflects concern across the EU that attacks on the Internet could paralyze civilian and military networks worldwide. Computer specialists from the seven NATO countries involved in the research center will be spending the summer in Estonia preparing to launch the project.

The center is due be operational in August, with a formal opening planned for 2009.

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