Norway accuses China of cyberattack
Norway accused China of carrying out a major cyber attack. The attack affected at least 30,000 organizations worldwide, including Norwegian state and business institutions earlier this year.
Norway is among many European countries which accuse China of cyber attacks. China denies these claims. This is a serious attack that has hit our most important democratic institution, said Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.
On March 10, the Norwegian Parliemanet (Stortinget) announced data breaches in its messaging systems. The hack was carried out by exploiting security holes in the Microsoft Exchange mail server. The Foreign Ministry now says China was behind the attack.
Several of our allies, the EU and Microsoft have also confirmed this. Chinese authorities must prevent such attacks from happening so that similar incidents do not happen again, Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said in the press release.
She says the Chinese Embassy was called to a meeting earlier yesterday, but does not want to go into what was said at that meeting.
In a statement to NRK, the Chinese embassy said it hopes Norway can provide facts and evidence to find out the truth.
In addition, the embassy claims that China is an advocate for cybersecurity and has worked against this type of behavior.
PST is still investigating
Such malicious cyber activity does not conform to the standards of responsible behavior of states in the digital space that all UN member states have accepted. Today we have summoned the Chinese embassy and we are directly dealing with the matter, said the foreign minister.
The PST informs NRK that its investigation into the attack is still ongoing. Beyond that, they do not want to comment on the current statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Norway is not the only country to have accused China of the attacks. The EU, UK, US and NATO have also said actors associated with the Chinese State Security Ministry were behind the attacks of which the Storting was one of the victims.