Espionage behind health care hack

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST suspects that a “serious” hacking attack on the computer systems of the country’s largest regional health care agency was carried out on behalf of a foreign state. The January 8 attack on Helse Sør-Øst may have put the health care files for more than 2 million Norwegians at risk. “This […]

Suspected Norwegian spy may be sent to Siberia

Not even the defense attorney for former Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg thinks Berg will be acquitted on the espionage charges he faces in Moscow. Now fears are rising that Berg will not only be convicted by a Russian court but also sent to a prison in Siberia. “Acquittal in this case is probably an […]

Kirkenes rallies to ‘bring Frode home’

Christmas Eve services at the church in Norway’s northern town of Kirkenes broke into unusual and spontaneous applause, when the pastor leading them called for the release of local resident Frode Berg from a Moscow prison. Berg faces serious charges of espionage after he was arrested by Russian security police, but now claims he was […]

Norwegian isolated in Moscow jail

Retired Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg continues to languish in a Moscow jail, after the 62-year-old resident of Kirkenes was arrested on espionage charges earlier this month. His family has succeeded in hiring a respected Russian attorney to defend him, but remained in despair heading into the Christmas holidays. Berg is being held amidst so […]

Ex-border guard accused of spying

A 62-year-old Norwegian who recently retired after 24 years as an inspector at the Russian-Norwegian border is reportedly being held in prison in Moscow as a suspected spy. Norwegian foreign ministry officials said they haven’t received any formal charges from their Russian counterparts and thus couldn’t comment further. “We will continue to follow his case […]

Authorities halted hack against NUPI

Norway’s foreign policy institute known as NUPI was the target of a hacking attempt this autumn that was halted by state authorities. The attack could have allowed the hackers to manipulate reports by NUPI’s researchers. NUPI (Norsk Utenrikspolitisk Institutt/Norwegian Institute of International Affairs) is one of Norway’s foremost research organizations that often advises government and […]

Drones spied on military exercises

Unidentified drones plagued military exercises in Sweden this week and now some joint training operations between Norwegian and US forces have been marred as well. At least 10 drones are believed to have carried out surveillance of military exercises from Østerdalen in the south to Troms in the North. “We don’t know who’s behind this activity,” Lt Col […]

Spying chief rejects calls for openness

Some residents of Northern Norway aren’t at all happy about the amount of intelligence gathering going on in their communities and who’s involved in it, not least in the Arctic city of Vardø. Critics were airing their concerns at a conference in Vadsø this week, but the head of Norway’s military intelligence agency E-tjenesten isn’t […]

Norway ‘shamed’ in Snowden case

UPDATED: Norway’s failure to provide exiled whistle-blower Edward Snowden with a guarantee against extradition to his US homeland, if he visits Oslo to accept another prize, is a “shame,” according to US filmmaker Oliver Stone. The Oscar-winning Stone was in Norway this week for the premiere of his new film about Snowden, and he claims Norwegian officials are even undermining the country’s sovereignty […]

Norway to buy new spy planes

The Norwegian government reportedly has signed a letter of intention to buy new surveillance aircraft from US aviation contractor Boeing. The deal carries a pricetag of NOK 11 billion (USD 1.3 billion), reports newspaper Klassekampen. The paper wrote in its latest edition that Norway’s Defense Ministry has entered into a secret agreement to buy new P-8 […]