The Norwegian security police have launched an investigation into a cyber attack that targeted military computers shortly after the Nordic nation joined the Libya air campaign in March, The Associated Press reports.
Between 200 and 300 computers were targeted in the March 25 attack in which “carefully selected” staff received a fake email, seemingly sent from a Norwegian government agency, Norwegian daily VG reported.
The email had a PDF attachment purporting to be a yearly report on social media and their role in spreading radical Islam, and managed to trick one employer into clicking it. Hackers were then able to gain access to that person’s computer, although the virus was quickly detected and warnings were issued, VG said.
A defense official told VG that although the attackers remain unknown, their motive seems to be to map out the department’s systems and potential vulnerabilities.