On Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that they believe Russia was behind the data breach against the Storting on 24 August.
– This is a very serious incident that has affected our most important democratic institution, says Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reacts to the attack.
– The hacker attack on the Storting is serious, and we trust the Norwegian authorities’ assessment that it is Russia that is behind the attack, Stoltenberg told TV 2 on Tuesday night.
– NATO is concerned, because it fits into a pattern we have seen in other countries. Such attacks are unacceptable and undermine trust, says Stoltenberg.
He believes the attack weakens NATO’s ability to achieve a more constructive relationship with Russia.
– It also underlines the cyber threat we all face. That is why cyber defense is an important part of NATO’s defense, and that is why NATO and our allies have strengthened our cyber defense, says the Secretary General.
Russia: – Groundless accusations
Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the international committee in the Russian Duma, tells the news agency TASS that Norway’s accusations are unfounded.
“As usual, the accusations come without caring about evidence or any discussion with Russia at the expert level,” Kosachev told TASS.
He points out that an employee of the Federation Council was arrested and detained for a month, before the spy allegations turned out to be unfounded. The man was charged with illegal intelligence activity after a seminar in the Storting.
– Then the Storting or the Norwegian government did not even apologize, Kosachev says to the news agency.
– Based on analyzes
The investigation of the data attack has since August taken place in close cooperation between the Police Security Service (PST), the National Security Authority (NSM) and the Intelligence Service.
– These are the analyzes we base our decision on, and the analyzes are clear, says Søreide.
– Then it is important for us to hold Russia accountable. It is because this type of incident is very serious, and it is important and an unequivocal reaction from the Norwegian side that we publish this attribution, the Minister of Foreign Affairs continues.
Søreide has called the Russian embassy on the carpet after the computer attack accusations.
– We do this as a strong and unequivocal reaction to what we have seen happen, says Søreide.
The hackers behind the attack may have gained access to private information about several parliamentary representatives. The analyzes have not revealed that classified information is going astray, Director of the Storting Marianne Andreassen stated last week.
According to the Storting’s damage assessment of the data attack, private information such as account numbers, social security numbers, bank information and other personal information may be lost.
From Storting-related information, information about itineraries, contact data, preparatory work in connection with the processing of political matters and some personal information may have gone astray.
The Labor Party, the Center Party and the Conservative Party have previously confirmed that representatives in their parliamentary group were exposed to data breaches. An employee of the Liberal Party was also affected.