Russian ‘downturn’ long time coming

NEWS ANALYSIS: Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Jonas Gahr Støre, leader of the opposition in Parliament, could agree on at least one thing on Wednesday: Russian cyber attacks on Members of Parliament and its employees mark a serious “downturn” in relations with Norway. Tensions had already been rising, prompting Norway to step up defense efforts […]

‘Historic’ reaction to Russian hacking

The Norwegian government is mounting what commentators are calling an “historic” reaction against Russia. It was front-page news on Wednesday after Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide blamed Norway’s neighbour in the north for an attack on the Norwegian Parliament’s email systems, and then went public with it. “This is a very serious incident, affecting our […]

PST probes hacking attacks

Norway’s police intelligence agency PST has launched an investigation into this week’s hacker attacks, which Justice Minister Monica Mæland has branded as “very serious.” Speculation was flying over whether the attacks were part of an espionage operation carried out by a foreign state. “The digital room makes it easier for foreign states to use non-military […]

New hacker attack targets Hedmark

Around 10,ooo public sector employees in Norway’s eastern region of Hedmark woke up Wednesday with their work email unavailable or even compromised. County officials said the attack on email systems used by seven separate municipalities came from “foreign swindlers.” The alleged swindlers, detected Tuesday night, “are trying to gain access to our users’ email accounts,” wrote […]

Hackers roared into Parliament’s email

Several employees of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) and elected Members of Parliament have become targets of an extensive hacking attack on their “stortinget.no” email accounts. The attack reportedly was spread over MPs from various political parties including Labour, the Conservatives and the Center Party. “We are viewing this as extremely serious,” Marianne Andreassen, the top […]

Hydro emerging from hacker attack

Systems were returning to normal at Norwegian industrial concern Norsk Hydro on Thursday. The company’s website was back up and Hydro officials said the were making “further progress to secure safe and stable operations.” The large Norwegian company with tens of thousands of employees worldwide was thrown into a tailspin Tuesday after hackers infected Hydro’s […]

The search is on for Hydro hackers

An international investigation is underway to get to the root of this week’s extensive cyber attack on Norwegian industrial concern Norsk Hydro. The partially state-owned company remained mostly offline Wednesday morning, but Hydro officials claimed they were making progress in restoring “secure and stable” operations. Interpol has joined the investigation into the major attack that […]

Hackers hold Norsk Hydro for ransom

The cyber attack that brought down Norwegian industrial firm Norsk Hydro on Tuesday is believed to have been orchestrated by hackers demanding ransom money, company officials confirmed at an afternoon press conference. Hydro won’t pay, and believes it will be able to get its systems back up and running. “We have good back-up routines,” said […]

Hydro comes under major cyber attack

One of Norway’s biggest companies, Norsk Hydro, was battling the biggest cyber attack in its history Tuesday morning. National security authorities were called in to help and were in “tight dialogue” with Hydro. Hydro, a major international aluminum producer, revealed the attack itself in a message to the Oslo Stock Exchange early Tuesday. The company […]

Email threats reported to police

Norwegians all over the country were calling police on Sunday, after receiving emails from alleged hackers threatening extortion and demanding payment in bitcoins. Many of the mails look like they’re sent from the Norwegians’ own email addresses, and contain demands for money, claiming recipients allegedly have been caught visiting porn sites. “It looks like someone […]