(Reuters) – Hackers have infiltrated the Norwegian parliament's computer system and extracted data, officials said on Wednesday, just six months after a previous cyber attack was made public.
Attack by unknown hackers was linked to a "vulnerability" in Microsoft Exchange software, Parliament said, adding that this was an "international problem."
The latest attack was more serious than last year, Parliament Speaker Tone Wilhelmsen told Faith at a press conference.
"This is an attack on our democracy," she said. "The degree of difficulty is underlined by the fact that this is happening before a parliamentary election and because Parliament is dealing with a pandemic."
An investigation into what information had been retrieved was ongoing, she added.
The previous attack, published in September, was launched by Russia, said Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide the following month, an accusation that Moscow denies.
There was no evidence at this stage that the two attacks were linked, Parliament said.
Norwegians go to the polls in September.
Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Catalog