Norway summons Chinese Ambassador over cyber attack against Parliament


Ine Eriksen Soreide, Norway’s Foreign Minister, announced that the ministry has summoned China’s ambassador in connection with an alleged cyberattack on the Norwegian Parliament.

The Storting (Norwegian Parliament) announced on 10 March that its email systems had been compromised. The breach took advantage of security flaws in Microsoft Exchange software, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“All cyber operations leave a variety of traces, which are analysed and compiled by our security services, among others. And based on this information, the government concluded that the attack originated in China “Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide was quoted in the statement.

“This was a grave incident that jeopardised our most vital democratic institution. We expect China to take this matter seriously and to take steps to prevent future occurrences “Soreide was also added.

Chinese hackers reportedly also targeted Australia’s Western parliamentary email network in March, as part of a massive global cyberattack involving Microsoft software.

The online attack, discovered on March 4 during the state election campaign, prompted intervention by Australia’s cybersecurity watchdog in Canberra.

Meanwhile, Microsoft stated that the flaw was being used to target a variety of organisations by a Chinese state-sponsored hacking group.

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