Norway Points Finger at Russia for Cyberattack
Ray Rideout, Jr
Russia, having just been accused of a hacking the 2016 United States Presidential election, is now facing accusations of hacking the emails of individual members of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) and the Norwegian Labour Party.
According to Martin Bernsen, PST spokesman, the attack was executed by a group called Cozy Bear. Cozy Bear is classified as advanced persistent threat APT29 and allegedly has ties to the Russian government. This is the same group that U.S. Intelligence found to be suspects in the attack on it's Democratic Party.
It is not clear if the attack caused any damage to the interests of Norway, due to the investigation being ongoing. Mr. Bernsen did say there were no reasons to believe the attackers had obtained any information that would be considered secret though.
Russia has been suspected in other hacks also. Ealier this week, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek made accusations that an attack on his emails, his deputies emails, and the stealing of user accounts and classified data, was orchestrated in Moscow. Later Czech Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky refuted such claims by stating, "it is very difficult to reveal such information that quickly."
Russia has repeatedly denied the U.S. accusations by calling them absurd and calling them at attempt to divert public opinion away from revelations of corruption and other pressing domestic issues.
Russia and Norway usually enjoy good relations, but since the Ukraine crisis, such relations have grown tense. So tense that Norway summoned the Russian ambassador to lodge a protest after Moscow refused visas to two senior lawmakers. Russia claimed the refusal was a reaction to Norway's participation in EU economic sanctions. There is the little fact that there are 300 U.S. troops that have been recently deployed to Norwegian soil that may be angering Moscow as well.
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