The security service (PST) warned that a number of Norway institutions have been the target of Russian-based Cyber attacks.
Some of the hit institutions include foreign and defense ministries, the Labour party as well as the security firm itself.
Norway had made an announcement on Friday that it would use Germany’s Thyssenkrupp (TKMS) in delivering 4 submarines as part of its military upgrade programs.
The attack has happened at a time when tensions between Russia and Norway are on the rise. The two countries share a border.
Norway had summoned Russian ambassador on Wednesday to give explanation as to why Norwegian MPs were denied visas in their quest to travel to Russia, reports CNN
The country complained that Moscow’s move was in response to Norwegian sanctions against Russia, which were triggered by annexing of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Norway said that the halt on its MPs was unjustifiable.
The Federation Council – Russia’s upper house – had invited the Labour parliamentarians as reported by Reuters.
According to the Labour spokeswoman, the PST had issued them with a warning of the attack, perceived to be second one in a row.
Camilla Ryste said that they had been told by the PST of the possibility of Labour being the subject of an impending foreign attack. The news had advised that the opposition party’s deputies to be cautious of their online communications.
It further alleged that the hacker group had been traced and identified to be APT 29 – which is has links to the Russian security service FSB. This is the same group that former US President Barack Obama accused for having meddled with the general elections. The former leader sent back home Russian diplomats as a retaliatory action for what he termed efforts by Russia to influence Donald Trump’s election.
In its annual assessment report published earlier this week, the PST had hinted that Russian intelligence was increasingly posing a great threat to Norwegian systems.
“The intelligence activities of Russia in particular have the potential to be more dangerous now than before,” said PST head Marie Benedicte Bjornland.
However, Russian embassy was quick to denounce the allegations via its Facebook page terming the report to have been published in “bad faith.” The embassy accused PST for championing to see the two nations return to the cold war era.
This is a matter that we will be following keenly to keep you up-to-date with the developments.