In August 2020, we already reported that the Norwegian Parliament (Storting) was subjected to a cyberattack, which was aimed primarily at the internal email system. Then it was reported that hackers successfully hacked the email accounts of a number of elected representatives of parliament and some employees, stealing various amounts of data from their mailboxes.
Then the administrative head of the Norwegian parliament, Marianne Andreassen, said that she could not provide additional details of the incident, since the investigation of the incident had not yet been completed. Also, investigators have not yet revealed exactly what data the cybercriminals extracted from the compromised mailboxes.
Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide this week officially announcedthat the attack was the work of Russian hackers.
“Based on the information available to the government, we believe that Russia is responsible for these actions,” said Ina Eriksen Søreide. "This is a very serious incident affecting our most important democratic institutions."
TASS reports that the Russian side has already called these accusations "baseless".
“As usual, the accusations are made without any attempt to present any evidence or offer to discuss the incident at an expert level,” said Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Federation Council's foreign affairs committee.