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Norway security officials warn of dramatic cyber espionage increase. Serious incidents connected to cyber espionage have doubled over the last year, the National Security Authority’s (NSM) quarterly report states. “We handled several cases connected to espionage during the last quarter, in which three stemmed from the same security threat,” officials write in the report, published Sunday. The number of serious cases increased to 46 during 2012, twice as many as the year before. Almost 45,000 cybercrimes were committed in Norway, total.

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Norway security officials warn of dramatic cyber espionage increase

Published on Monday, 4th March, 2013 at 13:57 under the news category, by Asgeir Ueland.

Serious incidents connected to cyber espionage have doubled over the last year, the National Security Authority’s (NSM) quarterly report states.

A laptop keyboard (illustration photo)
A laptop keyboard (illustration photo)
Photo: Declan Jewell/Flickr


“We handled several cases connected to espionage during the last quarter, in which three stemmed from the same security threat,” officials write in the report, published Sunday.

The number of serious cases increased to 46 during 2012, twice as many as the year before. Almost 45,000 cybercrimes were committed in Norway, total.

Several sectors have been targeted over the last year. Those which have seen the most serious incidents over the last year are those connected to defence, oil and gas, energy, government and hi-tech industry.

The report also stated the explanation for this rise might be threefold – increased reporting to the NSM, a higher discovery of the attacks, and finally, a possible increase in attack numbers. 

Although the publication failed to name the perpetrators, a report published by American cyber security firm Mandiant a fortnight ago exposed the APT1, one of Chinas cyber espionage units.

The US company also released a digital appendix with more than 3,000 indicators to bolster defence against APT1 operations.  

Norway National Security Authority top dog Kjetil Nilsen, estimated last year that Norwegian companies suffered losses in the range of NOK 20 billion due to cyber related crime.

“Many do not even know they were attacked,” NRK reported him stating at the time.

The NSM is in charge of protecting infrastructure and against cyber-attacks. Warning of over 80,000 unique IP-addresses, it said this is regarding “equipment that was compromised”.




Published on Monday, 4th March, 2013 at 13:57 under the news category, by Asgeir Ueland.

This post has the following tags: norwaycyberattacks, cyberwarnorway.





  
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