[ISN] Military fends off major cyber attack

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 02:55:26 -0500 (CDT)

Views and News from Norway
May 19, 2011  

Norwegian military personnel were the targets of what’s being described 
as a "massive" cyber attack this spring, one day after Norway started 
bombing Libya with other UN- and NATO-backed forces. Newspaper VG 
reported Thursday that they fended off the attack, which was considered 
the most serious ever experienced.

It came in the form of an e-mail written in what was said to be "good 
Norwegian" that looked like it had been sent by another Norwegian 
government agency. It contained an attachment, however, that when opened 
unleashed a computer virus that could have opened up military PCs to the 

Several hundred defense ministry employees received the same e-mail, 
reported VG. One employee opened the attachment, allowing the unknown 
attackers to gain access to that employee’s PC, but the virus was then 
quickly discovered and warnings issued.

The attackers didn’t succeed with further infiltration, claimed Major 
General Roar Sundseth, adding that they also failed to obtain classified 
information before the attack was discovered.


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