Hack attack on Norway’s Labour Party revealed; Russia allegedly targeted servers

Russia allegedly hacked Norway’s Labour Party parliamentary group in the fall of last year, according to the party’s leader, Jonas Gahr Store, cited by International Business Times.

Store said the party’s electronic communications had also been previously compromised, according to the report.

“It is primarily Russia that has the intentions and capacity to do intelligence activities with big damage potential for Norway and Norwegian interests,” the annual report from the Police Security Service (PST) reads, as cited by The Barents Observer.

“I can confirm that we are informed by PST that Labour’s parliamentary group was subjected to an attempted digital attack by a group that PST ties to foreign intelligence,” Store’s spokesperson, Camilla Ryste, said in a statement to media outlet Nettavisen.

The attack was believed to be in line with the hacking of the Democratic National Committee last year, which U.S. intelligence agencies have said was at the behest of Russian President Vladimir Putin, journalists say.

This week, the Czech Republic also blamed a ‘foreign state’ for a ‘very sophisticated’ cyberattack against top government employees. As HotForSecurity noted, dozens of email account were targeted by a cyberattack allegedly carried out by a ‘foreign state’, according to the foreign ministry in the Czech Republic, cited by politico.eu. The minister’s own email was also targeted by hackers.

Authorities are also investigating whether the unexpected power outage in Ukraine’s capital could be the latest in a series of hacking attacks that have struck the country’s electric grid and financial infrastructure in the last year, as HotForSecurity also noted.

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