Report says Norway's Labour Party was hacked by Russia
Feb.3, Oslo: The Labour Party’s parliamentary group suffered a hack in autumn that was carried out by Russians, according to local media reports.
According to TV2 reports, the attack against Labour is being compared to the hack of the Democratic National Committee that American intelligence agencies said was carried out by Russia in an effort to influence the outcome of the US election.
TV2 further reported, Labour’s parliamentary group was notified of the hack by the Norwegian Police Security Service (Politiets Sikkerhetstjeneste - PST).
Labour’s leader, Jonas Gahr Store, has confirmed that the party’s electronic communications may have been compromised.
“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 press spokeswoman Camilla Ryste told Nettavisen.
According to a report in Dagbladet, the same group that hacked the Democrats in the United States carried out the attack on Labour as well.
The hack allegedly took place last autumn and "a handful of other Norwegian targets" were subjected to similar attacks. In a warning to members of parliament, Labour’s secretariat director, Hans Kristian Amundsen, urged caution when conveying information over email and SMS. In the notification, Amundsen referred to an "attempt at digital attacks by an operator PST ties to foreign intelligence". Russia is not named directly in the letter sent to parliament.
“Take into account that the content can go astray, as happened with the e-mails to the Democrats in the United States," wrote Amundsen.
What, if anything, the hackers were able to gain is unknown.
The Oslo Times International News Network