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Three Russian intelligence agencies in Norway. Russia’s SVR, GRU, and FSB are believed to have operations in the Scandinavian country, the Police Security Service (PST) says. These three Russian agencies handle civilian, military, and internal intelligence affairs.   This news comes amongst revelations of recent cyber attacks on nine email accounts in Norway.

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Three Russian intelligence agencies in Norway

Published on Saturday, 4th February, 2017 at 12:25 under the news in brief category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last Updated on 4th February 2017 at 12:57.

Russia’s SVR, GRU, and FSB are believed to have operations in the Scandinavian country, the Police Security Service (PST) says.

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These three Russian agencies handle civilian, military, and internal intelligence affairs.  

This news comes amongst revelations of recent cyber attacks on nine email accounts in Norway.

TV2 reports that one of these belongs to the Labour Party’s (Ap) parliamentary group, and that the incident happened last autumn.

The PST’s Martin Bernsen told VG that the other email accounts belong to “certain individuals at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Military, the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, a Secondary School, and the PST themselves.”

Hackers were identified as being APT 29 (Advanced Persistent Threat 29), otherwise known as "Cozy Bear". They have been found to have connections to Russian security service the FSB.  

This week’s PST Annual Threat Assessment report also points out Russia as being the main country having the intention of, and capacity to conduct intelligence operations that could cause major harm regarding Norway’s interests.

“Cozy Bear” are believed to be behind the hack into the Democratic National Committee computers in the U.S last year in connection with the Presidential Elections.

It is thought that the hackers who targeted Norway used a technique known as “spear phishing”, where an email seemingly coming from a trusted source contains links to a bogus website filled with malware.

“We’ve got no reason to believe that classified information was obtained in the attack,” concludes the PST’s Martin Bernsen.



Published on Saturday, 4th February, 2017 at 12:25 under the news in brief category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last updated on 4th February 2017 at 12:57.

This post has the following tags: hackers, cyberattack, internet, defence, politics, paywall.





  
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