One of Norway’s largest local news publishers, Amedia, saw its operations abruptly shut down on Tuesday following a major event cyber attack on its central computer systems. the 78 newspapers that the company owns cannot be printed, readers cannot subscribe (or unsubscribe) from their local newspaper, and there is no clear answer as to when these issues will be resolved.
“The situation is not clear,” wrote Pål Nedregotten, executive vice president of technology at Amedia. an announcement about the “serious” cyberattack. (Gizmodo translated the announcement from Norwegian using Google Translate.) “We are in the process of having a big picture of the situation, but we do not yet know the full potential for damage. We have already put in place comprehensive measures to limit the damage and restore normal operations as quickly as possible. “
It “cannot be excluded” that some subscribers and Amedia employees their personal data was compromised as part of the hack, the company said. The hacked subscription software contained names, addresses, phone numbers, and subscription histories for each of the publisher’s clients, which means that it is not excluded that these details were swept up by a bad actor.
The good (rather) news is that some of the more sensitive data points, like customer passwords and credit card details, have not been affected, according to the company. Amedia stated that her online versions will also continue to be published.
This is not the first cyber puzzle that Norway has faced in recent months. In March, the Norwegian Parliament announcement he was the victim of a large-scale cyberattackattack, about six months after suffering a similar attack that saw email accounts Norwegian officials burgled. And on Christmas Eve, the County Municipality of Nordland, the governing body responsible for overseeing much of northern Norway’s schools, clinics and public transport systems, was forced to shut down. close its systems after suffering a breach of its own accord.
In the past, Norwegian authorities have blamed such attacks on foreign agents: chinese hacking groups and Russian military hacking units specifically. If the United States is itself embarrassing toll with cybersecurity has shown us something is that these types of actors don’t always rely on sophisticated state-funded know-how to breach these systems – low-level exploits can be just as damaging . As Amedia still struggles to figure out who and what destroyed its systems, the debacle should be a wake-up call call on all of us to take our safety seriously.