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Hackers break in to Norwegian military network. UPDATED: Norwegian military computer systems have been subjected one of the most serious targeted cyber attacks ever. Just days after Norway committed to the Libyan campaign, hackers sent out an infected email to several hundred pre-profiled personnel in Norwegian from what looked to be a legitimate employee's address. Military communications advisor Hilde Lindboe will not reveal what type of virus it was, telling The Foreigner, “We cannot be specific on that yet because of the ongoing investigation, but I can confirm we have the email headers. It was spoofed to look like an annual report from the Norwegian Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDi).”

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Hackers break in to Norwegian military network

Published on Thursday, 19th May, 2011 at 10:11 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 19th May 2011 at 23:30.

UPDATED: Norwegian military computer systems have been subjected one of the most serious targeted cyber attacks ever.

A laptop keyboard (illustration photo)
A laptop keyboard (illustration photo)
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Just days after Norway committed to the Libyan campaign, hackers sent out an infected email to several hundred pre-profiled personnel in Norwegian from what looked to be a legitimate employee's address.

Military communications advisor Hilde Lindboe will not reveal what type of virus it was, telling The Foreigner, “We cannot be specific on that yet because of the ongoing investigation, but I can confirm we have the email headers. It was spoofed to look like an annual report from the Norwegian Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDi).”

Contained in the attachment was a virus that searched for sensitive information from classified military systems.

The attack was averted at an early stage after an employee notified security personnel about suspicious system behaviour, but the hackers managed to retrieve some details.

“It was an infection on an unclassified system, and we do not think the virus spread onto classified ones,” Ms Lindboe says.

According to Snorre Fagerlund, senior malware analyst at Norwegian company Norman Proactive IT Security, hackers in general have highly variable experience levels, depending on the purpose and difficulty of gaining access.

“We have seen mixed attacks where hackers throw everything at systems to see what works, whilst others can be extremely specialised with a new exploitation.”

Details of this attack are still scarce, but Mr Fagerlund believes it followed the pattern of other previous high-value targets, saying, “Email addresses are very easy to falsify, but this is just a start.”

“Once hackers are in, they sometimes try to get even further by sending emails containing doctored documents with code from a particular machine or person within a company. My guess is that this one involved people with high technical knowledge and skills, starting almost unnoticeably before gradually getting more severe,” he continues.

Major General Roar Sundseth, head of the military's information infrastructure, says hacking attempts are happening at a quicker pace because of an increased dependence on technology,

“Defence systems are attackedevery day and the trend is growing. Nevertheless, it's not often we see such an extensive infiltration attempt as this one.”

The military is still keeping details of the originating IP address under wraps. It will not reveal how it protects its computer systems for security reasons.



Published on Thursday, 19th May, 2011 at 10:11 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 19th May 2011 at 23:30.

This post has the following tags: norwegianmilitaryhackingattempt, muammaral-gaddafi, libyancampaign.





  
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