Norwegian Health Authority hit by security breach

  • Roman Šulc
  • 24.1.2018 08:34

On 8 January a major Norwegian healthcare provider covering the healthcare sector in the most populated area of the country (South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority) registered an unauthorized penetration into its computer network containing the health records of nearly three million people. According to Norway's national CERT team, which is working on the mitigation of the threat, the organization has been the victim of a sophisticated attack attributed to actors with advanced capabilities. For the time being, there is no evidence that treatment or safety of patients have been put at risk.

The currently investigated incident shows, according to some experts, the signs of state-sponsored cyber aggression, as the potentially compromised data contains sensitive information about a number of prominent persons. The scope of the potential data leakage, however, does not rival the case registered during 2017 in neighbouring Sweden, which involved strategic information on transport infrastructure and state armed bodies.

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