But some data was stolen. It is still unknown how much, and what, information that has been stolen, says Major Ivar Kjaerem at the Military Center for Protection of Critical Information, according the newspaper VG.
And I presume its gonna stay that way…
The Norwegian oil installations in the North Sea was also among the first to detect infections by the Stuxnet worm.
But this one is almost as special as the Stuxnet.
First of all: It seems to have been very well planned, organized and executed. Almost with a military precision.
Secondly: The attackers did already posess detailed information about the Norwegian military as they were able to target between 200 and 300 high-ranking and influential officers.
And third: I happens the day after Norwegian Air Forces has their first raid over Libya.
When it comes to the last point, no one can say for sure if there is any connection or not.
And the military spokesman seem to suddenly have realized that we ain’t seen nothing, yet.
I belive it is some kind of recognition mission, an attempt to map our systems and possible vulnerabilities, Major Kjaerem says, indicating the expectation of new attacks.
And, of course, the military spokesman underline that they managed to stop this one, and the possibility of anyone penetration the Norwegian military’s security system is very low.
So, they managed to stop the attack? Our brave soliders? Well, this is what really happened:
The email was received on a Friday afternoon. But some hyperactive warlord decided to pop by the office on Saturday, just to check if we’ve had hit Gaddafi and check the mail and stuff, You know.
What happens next is described by the newspaper VG as follows:
The sender, who was named in the email, did not exist, and it was the aware receiver who raised the alarm because it was something else attached to the email than the annual report from the Directorate. The attachment behaved strangely, and the person became suspicions.
Well done! boys and girls!
Anyway – last year the Norwegian National Security Authority warned against the threats from cyberspace in their recent 2010 report.
The report states:
We we regard it as a very serious matter when the Norwegian military gets attacked like this, says spokesman Kjetil Veire with the National Security Authority.
Adding: When it comes to infected computers, we fear there is a large dark zone. What we have seen here might just be the tip of an iceberg.
The number of attacks against the Norwegian military will increase. And they can cause more serious damage because the flow of information through the internet has become so huge that both the military and the rest of the public administration has partly lost control.
So, now the speculations about who might be behind this are running totally wild.
Local experts say that only about 10 nations in world is capable of launching an attack as this.
Anyone with above average computer skills with a couple of buddies to help with the actual launch could do this.
The suspects are millions.
In my mind the most interesting question is: Why Norway?
In other words – not much to spy on.
I assume the NATO material is under a special NATO security facility.
And our famous Oil Fund? Well, we impulsively bought Greek debt for about one billion USD. Perhaps we shouldn’t have, but that Greek prime minister look so nice.
The rest is probably gone in a few years anyway as the government will have to pay for all its promises, specially within the health care sector.
It means we don’t have that much money, either.
In fact, I can only see one logical reason to Norway being targeted in this scale:
It’s just too damn easy!
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