Norway accused hackers from Russia of attacking Parliament

Norway accused hackers from Russia of attacking Parliament

A Russian group of hackers is accused of attacking the online system of the Norwegian Parliament.

The Norwegian Security Service reported that Russian hackers were involved in an attack on the online system of the Norwegian parliament in August 2020.

The investigation reportedly found that the break-in was most likely organized by the ART28 hacker group, also known as Fancy Bear, which is often linked to Russian intelligence.

The agency says that the information in the postal system “is of great interest to the intelligence services of several foreign countries. According to them, the cyber attack of August 24 is part of a “larger campaign of national and international scope” and has been going on since at least 2019, reports Associated Press.

A spokesman for the intelligence services said that the investigators have decided to stop the criminal case, as there must be evidence beyond any doubt in order to be charged. In addition, it is likely that the perpetrators of the attack are abroad, said the agency.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Sereide said it was a serious event that affected the most important institution of democracy. According to her, according to the available information, they believe that “Russia is behind this activity”.

In 2015, the German parliament was hacked, after which many documents of the parliamentary commission appeared on the WikiLeaks website. German intelligence agencies linked the attack to a group of Russian APT28 hackers. They are also considered responsible for the attack on servers of the Democratic Party of the USA in 2016.

Germany’s federal prosecutor’s office issued an arrest warrant for Russian Dmitry Badin. According to investigators, Badin, working in the Russian intelligence service of the GRU, was a member of the hacker group Fancy Bear and led hacking into the computers of the German Bundestag on April 30, 2015. Investigators also believe that he was also a man with the name Scaramouche or was associated with him.

The Scaramouche nickname is associated with hackers from Russia gaining access to the official computer of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in May 2015 and downloading thousands of her official letters for the period 2012-2015. They managed to download to their computer about 16 gigabytes of information.