Norway’s parliament has launched a cyber-attack on an internal email system

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On Tuesday, the Norwegian parliament (Stortinjet) said it was the victim of a cyber-attack targeting its internal email system.

In a press release today, Marin Andreasen, director of Stortinjet, said hackers had similarly breached email accounts for elected representatives and employees, from where they had stolen various amounts of information.

Andresen said the incident is currently under investigation and, as a result, could not provide any insight into who was behind the attack or the number of hacked accounts.

Norwegian intelligence is currently investigating the incident, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account earlier today.

The PST is OK with the IT-Ingred Motor Stortinet. Om dit er granlag in PST har muttat unmedelsen will v verdier for atforforsking at P start.

– PST (@PSTNager) September 1, 2020

While the investigation is still ongoing, Andreessen said Stortinet has already begun informing affected representatives and staff about the incident.

Local media, which first broke the story of the attacks, reported that IT staff had shut down its email service to prevent hackers from running further data.

Prior to today’s incident, cyber-attacks targeting Norway were rare and far-reaching.

According to local media, in January 2018, a hacker group stole healthcare data for more than half of Norway’s population.

In February 2019, cyber-security firms Rapid 7 and Recorded Future revealed that Chinese hackers had breached the Norwegian firm Visa, which provides cloud-based business software solutions for European firms, and used this access to attack the firm’s customers.

In May 2020, a group of Internet scammers swindled র 10 million from Norway’s state investment fund in an attack known as a business email deal.

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