The data breach at the Storting

On 24 August, the Storting (Norwegian parliament) disclosed that its email systems had been hacked. ‘This is a very serious incident, affecting our most important democratic institution. The security and intelligence services are cooperating closely to deal with this matter at the national level. Based on the information the Government has, it is our view that Russia is responsible for these activities,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

The incident management is coordinated through the Norwegian Joint Cyber Coordination Centre.

This incident demonstrates the importance of good security measures. The increasing use of digital solutions means that the threats against us have also shifted to the digital arena. The Government will continue its efforts to strengthen national cyber security and expand international cooperation in this field.

Businesses, organisations, and private individuals must all participate in preventive security efforts if we are to prevent breaches of digital security. All types of organisations are advised to follow the recommendations of the Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM) regarding passwords and the basic guidelines for ICT security.