Norway parliament’s non-elected chief administrator – Marianne Andreassen said that “This has been a significant attack”
The Norwegian parliament suffered a cyber attack during the past week and the e-mail accounts of several elected members as well as employees were hacked, the national assembly and a counter-intelligence agency said on Tuesday.
Pirated individuals took access over email accounts of several elected members of parliament and also to some accounts belonging to parliament employees.
It is still uncharted as who was behind the attack or exactly what data had been extracted.
The Norwegian National Security Authority (NSA) assisted in countering the attack. “We have been involved for a few days,” NSA spokesman Trond Oevstedal said. “We are assisting parliament with analysis and technical assistance.”
“We take the matter very seriously, and we have full attention to analyzing the situation to get an overall picture of the incident and the potential extent of the damage.”
Efforts to halt the attack had “an immediate effect”, said Andreassen.
The website of the Storting, Norway’s single-chamber parliament, was functioning normally on Tuesday after news of the cyber-attack was released.