June 30 – In Norway, public and private sector websites were temporarily suspended following a cyber attack on the country’s national data network. Online services were suspended for several hours.
Head of the Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM), said a criminal pro-Russian group appeared to be behind the attacks, adding that the attacks “give the impression that we are a piece of the current political situation in Europe.”
Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store stated that he believed that the DDoS attack had not “caused any significant damages”.
Although the authorities did not specify the motivations behind the hack, Norwegian media reported that there were complaints over Russian supplies blocked from passing through Norway to an Arctic Russian coal mining settlement.
Norway and Lithuania
The attack on Norway occurs two days after Lithuania reported a similar attack targeting public and private institution websites.
The hackers claimed that the attack occurred in retaliation for Lithuania’s decision to stop the shipment of some goods to Russia’s Kalingrad enclave.
A Lithuanian official indicated that “more intense attacks” may occur soon and may involve ransomware and website defacement.
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