Stockholm, 13 October 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Norway’s government on Tuesday blamed Russia for the recent hack of a number of email accounts linked to members and employees of the parliament in Oslo.
“This is a serious incident that affects our most important democratic institution,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide said in a statement.
“Based on the information the government has, it is our assessment that Russia is behind this activity,” she added.
She later told reporters it was key to hold Russia accountable for the hack, and going public was part of that process.
The Russian ambassador to Norway has been informed about the Norwegian findings, Eriksen said.
“We wish to have a continued pragmatic relationship with Russia, but also be clear that we must speak out when there are attacks that affect our most important democratic institution,” the foreign minister said.
Marianne Andreassen, parliament’s secretary general, announced the hack on September 1, a week after they took place. Initial analysis at the time said data was downloaded from the hacked email accounts and a “small number” of accounts were affected.
The Norwegian security service PST, one of the authorities involved in the probe, said it was still investigating.
“There are several others than us who give the government information in this case, so you almost have to ask the government what they base their information on,” PST spokesman Trond Hugubakken told Norwegian news agency NTB.
He declined to comment whether the PST was investigating other options than Russia or when the probe was expected to be completed.