- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2011

TALLINN, ESTONIA (AP) - The U.S. Secret Service has opened a small cybercrime office in Estonia, a country exposed to several hacker attacks in recent years, including in 2007 when dozens of government and corporate web sites were disabled.

The staff of four will have no judicial powers but will offer training and advice to help Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian law enforcement fight cybercrime and other crimes, including money laundering and identity theft.

In Friday’s opening ceremony, Estonian Justice Minister Kristen Michal said the small Baltic country is pleased to host the office as cybercrime is a high priority for the government.

Tracing its history back to 1865, the Secret Service is one of the oldest federal investigative law enforcement agencies in the United States.

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