China’s ambassador leaves in a storm

Wang Min, China’s ambassador to Norway since 2016, is due to bid farewell King Harald V on Friday and leave the country, just after Norwegian intelligence agencies have branded China as a major security threat. The Chinese Embassy in Oslo has refuted and harshly criticized the warnings, while the Norwegian government has also been criticized […]

‘China and Russia pose biggest threat’

Norway’s military intelligence unit (E-tjenesten) delivered its annual evaluation of national security on Monday, and pointed to the same largest threat as the state’s police intelligence unit did last week: spying by foreign countries, with China and Russia as the most active. Lt General Morten Haga Lunde, head of the agency formally known as Etterretnings-tjenesten, […]

Visma: ‘Check your systems constantly’

The Oslo-based technology and financial services firm Visma, which has disclosed a hacker attack on its systems last fall, is urging all companies and organizations to constantly check all their logs and systems for any signs of intrusion. Visma believes that its early discovery of its own intrusion played a critical role in fending off […]

China blamed for hack into Visma

UPDATED: Just days after Norway’s police intelligence agency warned of cyberattacks carried out by hackers in Russia and China, large Norwegian data firm Visma confirmed it had been the target of such an attack. US investigators believe it came from China. The first indication of the attack came September 4,  Oslo-based Visma’s security chief Espen […]

China blasts PST’s Huawei warning

The Chinese Embassy in Oslo has reacted angrily to Norway’s police intelligence agency PST’s warning about doing business with Chinese telecoms firm Huawei. A statement issued by the embassy also called PST’s inclusion of China as posing among the world’s biggest cyber threats “very ridiculous.” In the statement attributed to “the Spokesperson for the Chinese […]

Norway’s PST warns against Huawei

Norway’s police intelligence agency PST has joined a growing list of counterparts in other countries that are urging caution in doing business with the Chinese telecoms firm Huawei. In its annual threat evaluation on Monday, PST pointed to China and Russia as posing the greatest cyber threats, and asked authorities to keep an eye on […]

Norway joins criticism of China

Norway has joined some international criticism of China, after reports of how Chinese authorities have rounded up as many as 1 million ethnic minorities and forced them into internment camps in Xinjiang. Newspaper Aftenposten reported during the weekend how Norway’s ambassador in Beijing is among 15 stationed in the Chinese capital who have sent a […]

‘Super diplomat’ heads for Syria

Geir O Pedersen is known as a “super diplomat” from Norway with high standing at the United Nations. It’s therefore no great surprise that he’d be tapped to become UN Secretary General António Guterres’ Special Envoy for Syria. The UN announced that Pedersen “brings to this position decades of political and diplomatic experience.” In addition […]

New ambassador needed in China

Just weeks after organizing a conciliatory state visit to China following a lengthy diplomatic freeze, Norway’s foreign ministry needs to place a new ambassador in Beijing. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wants to name Geir O Pedersen, Norway’s current ambassador to China, as his special envoy in Syria, leaving the Norwegians to replace Pedersen at […]

Norway sues US over ‘illegal’ import tax

It’s highly unusual for allied nations to sue one another, but Norway is joining the European Union (EU) in filing a legal complaint against the US’ Trump Administration over its new customs duty on steel and aluminum. Norway claims the import tax violates the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). US President Donald Trump […]