Norway suspects Russia of being behind cyberattack on parliament

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This is, according to Russia, a “serious provocation”. On Tuesday, Norway accused Moscow of being behind a computer attack that targeted its parliament this summer.

On September 1, the Storting, the unicameral Norwegian parliament, announced that it had been the target of a “vast” computer attack a few days earlier, without specifying its origin. This intrusion had allowed its authors to break into the e-mail of deputies. Data “of a small number of deputies and employees” had been downloaded, added the Norwegian parliament.

“Based on information in the possession of the government, we believe that Russia is behind this activity,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said on Tuesday. “This is a serious episode that affects our most important democratic institution,” she said in a statement, without providing further details.

Russia, China and Iran lead potential enemies

The Russian Embassy in Oslo vehemently denied the charges. “No evidence is presented. We consider such accusations against our country to be unacceptable. We see this as a serious provocation, deliberate, destructive for bilateral relations, ”she said on her Facebook page. The embassy also said it was waiting for “explanations” from Norway.

In their annual risk assessment report published at the beginning of February, the Norwegian Home Intelligence Service (PST) warned of operations “on the computer network” which, according to them, constitute “a persistent and long-term threat to the Norway ”. PST generally cites Russia as the top spy threat, alongside China and Iran.

Strained relations since 2014

In 2018, NATO member country Norway arrested a Russian suspected of collecting information on Parliament’s data network, but released him less than a month later for lack of evidence. In August, Oslo also expelled a Russian diplomat who was caught in a restaurant with a Norwegian suspected of spying for Russia. Moscow retaliated and expelled a Norwegian diplomat soon after.

The two countries, which share a common border in the Arctic, generally enjoy good relations but their relations have been strained since the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014.

Original article by : www.leparisien.fr

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