Norway accuses Chinese hackers for breach of parliament email accounts

Jul 20, 2021 06:07 IST

Oslo [Norway], July 20 (ANI): The Norwegian authorities on Monday formally attributed a breach of email accounts related to the Norwegian parliament to Chinese hackers concerned within the exploitation of vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Exchange Server.
The Norwegian parliament in March mentioned that email programs had been breached as half of the Microsoft Exchange Server incident.
“This was a really critical incident affecting our most necessary democratic establishment,” Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Soreide mentioned in a press release. “Following an in depth intelligence evaluation, it’s our view that the vulnerabilities have been exploited by actors working out of China.”
Soreide confirmed that the Storting was a sufferer of this exploitation and that the Chinese Embassy had been contacted with a view to “increase the problem immediately.”

The revelations come on the day the US and Western allies formally blamed China for an enormous hack of Microsoft Exchange email server software program and asserted that felony hackers related to the Chinese authorities have carried out ransomware and different illicit cyber operations.
The minister pointed to the attribution to China by allied nations as half of pushing again in opposition to the assault.
“We count on China to take this concern severely, and to make sure that such incidents should not repeated,” Soreide harassed. “Allowing such malicious cyber actions to happen is in contradiction of the norms of accountable state behaviour endorsed by all UN Member States.”
The compromise as half of the Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerabilities was not the primary hacking incident to hit the Norwegian authorities prior to now 12 months.
The Storting introduced in September that it had been hit by an “IT assault,” and {that a} small quantity of members of parliament and employees members, with knowledge from these accounts efficiently downloaded by the attackers. (ANI)

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