Cyberattack Targets Government Ministries

Police are looking into a cyber attack that affected 12 government ministry departments in Norway and was discovered on July 12.

Oslo, Norway: The Norwegian government stated on Monday, July 24, that 12 of its ministries had been the target of a cyberattack.  This is the most recent strike to target the public sector of the country, which is also NATO’s northernmost ally and the largest European gas provider.

“We discovered a flaw in one of our vendors’ platforms.  Erik Hope, the head of the government organization responsible for delivering services to ministries, announced at a press conference that this gap has now been closed.

The supplier’s platform’s “unusual” traffic led to the identification of the assault, according to Hope, who declined to disclose more details.  It was discovered on July 12, and the police were looking into it.

It is yet too early to determine who is responsible for the attack and its full impact, he said.

Following a decline in Russian gas runs smoothly, Norway is now Western Europe’s major oil supplier and Europe’s biggest gas exporter.

Since they utilize an entirely distinct IT platform, the PM’s office, the foreign, defense, and justice ministries were unaffected, according to Hope.

In June 2022, a referred to distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against Norway’s state sector occurred, which was attributed to a “criminal pro-Russian group.”

Norway, an associate member of NATO, and Russia share their borders in the Arctic, and Norway provides money, weaponry, and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

About The Author:

Yogesh Naager is a content marketer that specializes in the cybersecurity and B2B space.  Besides writing for the News4Hackers blog, he’s also written for brands including CollegeDunia, Utsav Fashion, and NASSCOM.  Naager entered the field of content in an unusual way.  He began his career as an insurance sales executive, where he developed an interest in simplifying difficult concepts.  He also combines this interest with a love of narrative, which makes him a good writer in the cybersecurity field.  In the bottom line, he frequently writes for Craw Security.

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