WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush on Monday highlighted the growing danger of cyberattacks, in a meeting with his Estonian counterpart Toomas Ilves, whose country recently was hit hard by the crimes.
"We also talked about an interesting subject, and one that I can learn a lot about, and that is the cyberattack that makes us all vulnerable," Bush said, adding "this President (Ilves), one, understands the issue well; two, has got some ideas, including a NATO center of excellence in Estonia to deal with this issue."
Estonia recently said cyberattacks dealt setbacks to many of the country's computer networks. It has accused Russian neighbors of using the weapon just as bilateral ties were severely strained.
"We did suffer a series of attacks on our computer infrastructure. It is a serious issue if your most important computer systems go down in a country like mine, where 97 percent of bank transactions are done on the Internet," Ilves said.
"I do think it's the wave of the future -- not that it's a good wave, but it is something that we have to deal with more and more."
After their meeting, however, neither president mentioned Russia by name.
Bush on Sunday was due to welcome his Russian counterpart to his family's home in Kennebunkport, Maine.