Norwegian Parliament Cyber Attacked by Hackers

Cyber attacks from groups of hackers are becoming an increasingly problematic issue for international governments. Nations, like the United States, Russia, and China, have systems in place to minimise cyber attacks. Countries like Norway haven’t the infrastructure needed to stop hackers, which was proven on September 1st. The Norwegian Parliament confirmed that they’d fallen victim to a cyberattack that targeted their internal email service.

The Norwegian Parliament is formally known as “Stortinget”, with their Head Director announcing the attack through a televised press release. Marianne Andreasen confirmed that elected representatives and government personnel had their emails breached on September 1st. Sensitive information was stolen & an internal investigation has begun. Subsequently, Director Andreasen couldn’t provide details on suspected attackers & the number of government representatives that were targeted. The research is being helmed by the NIS (Norway Intelligence Service) and will look towards arrests under European Union law.

Director Andreasen wasn’t the first to confirm the internal attack. Local press in Norway acquired information from inside sources, which indicated that Stortinget IT Staff had terminated online components of the Parliament email service. This enabled Parliament to limit the siphoning of international information. It should be mentioned that cyber attacks on Norway’s Parliament are rare, meaning minimal defences are in place to protect government personnel from having their information stolen.

It’s suspected that the Norwegian government will implement Cloud Computing onto their internal networks. This technology has become mature, creating more robust defences to protect corporations & governments from attacks. Norway hasn’t engaged with Cloud Computing previously, citing concerns of internal hacks.

The Warning Signs

Members of the Norway Intelligence Community has backlashed against their government, evoking that Cloud Computing should’ve been implemented after the 2018 cyber attack. Hackers stole healthcare data from 50% of Norway’s population, with two additional attacks following in February 2019 & May 2020. The attack in May 2020 resulted in $10 million of Norway State Investment Funds being stolen. Not having the infrastructure needed to protect government-owned data is foolish for the Norwegian Parliament and needs to change immediately. Political analysts in Norway suspect that cybersecurity will become a notable topic during the next election cycle in 2021.