Hackers hit Labour at the Parliament

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST has informed the Norwegian Labour Party that its Members of Parliament have been subjected to a hostile cyber attack. PST told Labour Party officials that the hackers have been tied to a foreign country’s intelligence operation. The country allegedly involved was not identified. News of the attack comes a day after […]

Convicted Yara executive appeals prison sentence

Ken Wallace, the former chief legal counsel for Oslo-based fertilizer and chemical company Yara International, has decided to appeal the seven-year jail term he received after being convicted of corruption. It’s up to the Supreme Court whether it will hear his appeal. Wallace, an American, was the only one of four former Yara executives who’d […]

Yara’s nightmare draws to an end

One of Norway’s biggest companies, Yara International, may finally be able to heave a sigh of relief, after the last major appeals court action involving corruption at the fertilizer producer played out this week. It resulted in a lengthy prison term for Yara’s former chief legal counsel, the only one of the company’s former top executives to actually […]

Police can’t win corruption case

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s landmark and lengthy police corruption case entered its second week behind closed doors on Monday, as testimony turned to names and details that, if made public, can make life dangerous for many involved. It’s one man’s word against another’s, as a veteran police officer fights for his career and reputation, while his already-convicted […]

‘Fancy Bear’ also growls at Norway

The same group of hackers that intelligence officials believe swung the US election in favour of Donald Trump has also attacked Norwegian targets within the military and foreign service. Called “Fancy Bear,” computer security experts believe Russia is behind the hacking that’s aimed at political manipulation and destablization of western democracies. Tom Finney of Secureworks, a […]

Interest wanes in terrorist Breivik

Fewer letters are arriving at his prison and he was no longer the top story in Norwegian media on Tuesday, when his latest court appearance was overshadowed by a much bigger police corruption case going on in Oslo. Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik is simply not commanding the interest he once did, not least among other right-wing extremists. Researcher Johannes Due […]

Mass-murderer Breivik back in court

The young right-wing Norwegian extremist who killed 77 people on July 22, 2011 was due to be back in a make-shift courtroom at his high-security prison in Skien on Tuesday. Mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik still contends that the strict terms of his imprisonment violate his human rights. Breivik’s mental health will be a central part of the […]

Trial begins into police corruption

One of Norway’s most sensational court cases ever got underway in Oslo on Monday. Eirik Jensen, former chief of special operations for the Oslo Police District, will be defending himself against corruption and serious drug charges levied by an admitted hash dealer and co-defendant. More than 150 people, including other top police officials, have been called […]

Anti-hijab hairdresser convicted again

An appeals court in Western Norway upheld a lower court order on Friday in ruling that hairdresser Merete Hodne violated Norway’s anti-discrimination laws for refusing serve Malika Bayan, because Bayan was wearing a hijab.  Newspaper Stavanger Aftenbladet reported that the appeals court, however, reduced Hodne’s fine to NOK 7,000 and she was not ordered to […]

Toilet-paper scam flushed away

Dragro Norway, which sells toilet paper over the phone, got a bit carried away with its sales and marketing efforts just before Christmas, and wound up having to publicly apologize for what both consumers and police suspected was a scam. “We have clearly made a mistake, but we don’t deal in fraud or swindling,” its […]