Technology cuts jobs at Telenor

Norway’s newly expanded conservative government is still promoting job creation and rapid digitalization of Norwegian society, but in many cases the two are distinctly at odds. Employees at state-controlled telecoms firm Telenor are the latest casualty. Telenor recently announced record-high financial results for 2017 and dividends that will amount to more than NOK 12 billion […]

Retirees rebel over their pension slips

The digital age is descending a bit too quickly for scores of Norwegian retirees. They’re mounting a rebellion after state social welfare agency NAV stopped sending out their monthly pension slips on paper through the conventional state postal system, in favour of only distributing them via email. “We’re starting a campaign because it’s unfair that […]

Foreign ministry battles cyber attack

Norway’s foreign ministry is battling a powerful computer virus that has infected its systems for months and is viewed as serious, reported newspaper Dagbladet on Wednesday. Alarms rang in late August when the virus hadn’t been contained, and Dagbladet wrote that officials still don’t have it under control. The virus is described as “completely new and advanced,” with […]

Two charged in massive Snapchat theft

Police raided various addresses in Oslo and Lillestrøm over the weekend and have arrested two men, said to be in their 20s, in connection with the theft of more than 90,000 photos and 10,000 videos from the online photo-sharing service Snapchat.  The photos, many of them private photos of young naked girls that the girls themselves had […]

Hackers ‘identified’ as sabotage-driven

Hackers who’ve been unleashing attacks on at least 50 oil- and energy companies in Norway recently are using a program called “Crouching Yeti,” which can be used to sabotage industrial systems. Those behind the program also use the name “Energetic Bear,” but no one can say for sure where they’re based. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) […]

Oil industry under attack by hackers

UPDATED: State authorities are warning as many as 300 companies in the country’s major oil and energy industries this week that they’re the targets of the largest coordinated hacker attack ever registered in Norway. Attacks have been confirmed on around 50 companies, including Statnett, and the authorities fear more are underway. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported on Wednesday that the state […]

Teen hacker believed to have planned new attack

Police think that a 17-year-old Norwegian who last week pulled off one of the most massive cyber attacks in Norway ever was planning a new attack when they arrested him in his room at home in Bergen. His computer was seized to preserve evidence and his home raided. More than a half-dozen police investigators and […]

Teenager set off major cyber attack

A 17-year-old boy from Bergen on Norway’s west coast has been arrested and charged for a massive cyber attack earlier this week that crippled the websites of major banks, airlines, telecoms and finance firms. He had also impersonated the hacker group Anonymous Norway, claiming it was behind the attacks when it wasn’t. The teenager, who in […]

Norwegians ask Google to hit delete

More than 800 Norwegians have asked internet search giant Google to remove almost 4,000 links, since an EU judgment in May ruled people could ask search engines not to pull up certain information. Information technology groups were surprised by the high number, and warned some information legitimately belonged in the light of day. Under the […]

Extent of cyber attacks revealed

UPDATED: The cyber attacks aimed at central bank Norges Bank and eight major banks, financial institutions and telecommunications companies on Tuesday were among the most serious ever to hit the country’s online networks. IT company Evry said it was the first time an attack had targeted so many key players in the Norwegian financial industry. […]