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Major cyber attack hits Norwegian oil industry

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Staff writer ▼ | August 28, 2014
Criminals   Norway under attack

More than 50 Norwegian oil and energy companies have been hacked by unknown attackers, according to government security authorities.

A further 250 firms have been advised by the Norwegian government that they ought to check their networks and systems for evidence of a breach, The Local reports.

State-owned Statoil, Norway's largest petro company, appears to be the main target of what's described as the country's biggest ever hack attack. National Security Authority Norway (Nasjonal Sikkerhetsmyndighet – NSM) passed on the warnings after it was tipped off regarding imminent attacks by "international contacts". The methods and motives of the unknown perpetrators remain unclear.

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