Hackers have infiltrated the Norwegian Parliament’s computer systems and extracted data, six months after a previous cyber-attack was made public, officials say.
Reuters report that the attack by unknown hackers was linked to a “vulnerability” in Microsoft’s Exchange software, the parliament said, adding that this was an “international problem”.
The latest attack was more severe than last year’s, parliament President Tone Wilhelmsen Troen told a news conference describing it “an attack on our democracy”.
“The severity is underscored by the fact that this is happening in the run-up to a parliamentary election and as parliament is handling a pandemic”, she said.
An investigation of what information had been extracted was ongoing, she added.
The previous attack, made public in September, was launched by Russia, Norwegian foreign minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said the following month, an accusation Moscow denies.