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​Norway banks hit in largest-ever DDoS attack, Anonymous 'takes credit'

Published time: July 10, 2014 08:26
Edited time: July 10, 2014 10:59
Norges Bank (Image from

Norges Bank (Image from

Norway's top financial institutions have been hit in what appears to be a coordinated cyber-attack, the biggest-ever the country has experienced. Anonymous Norway may be responsible for the operation.

The Tuesday attack targeted at least eight top Norway companies, including central Norges Bank, Sparebank 1, Danske Bank and insurance companies Storebrand and Gjensidige. Three Norwegian airlines and a big telecommunication company may also have been affected by the same attack.

The malicious bombardment with requests caused traffic problems for their website and disrupted access throughout the day. This affected the banks' online payment services as well.

“The scale is not the largest we have seen, but it is the first time it has hit so many central players in the finance sector in Norway,” said the head of Evry’s security team, Sverre Olesen in an interview with Dagens Næringsliv business newspaper. Evry provides services to many of the affected companies and was busy dealing with the emergency.

The company said the attackers used a vulnerability in the blogging platform Wordpress and other venues to hit the websites. They didn't appear to try to hack into the targets' networks and try to steal any personal information, it added. The source of the attack was abroad, Evry said.

Norway's National Security Authority (Nasjonal sikkerhetsmyndighet, NSM) said it was investigating the attack, but could not identify the perpetrators yet.

The newspaper said it received an email signed by Anonymous Norway claiming responsibility for the DDoS attack on the banks. The email came before the news about it broke.

But a tweet on the Anonymous Norway Twitter account denied the hacktivist group's involvement, saying they were “laughing at those who think we are behind the attacks.”

Comments (14)


Roman Najcher 11.07.2014 11:18

I know history of FED from their meeting on Jekyll Island in 1910, till now. The point is that they want every penny out of your pocket, if not every drop of your blood. That’s the reason that all involved, call themselves 'The Club'.


Lubo Lubo 11.07.2014 08:49

Jim213 11.07.2014 00:26

Why do you people think the USA will not give back the gold that Germany has stored in the USA ?


h ave U ever heard or seen a Jew to give back something?!?! it is NOT USA,but FED,that steal those tons of Gold.No one ever will get its gold back...never


Roman Najcher 11.07.2014 07:50

To start this thread, that died with my last remark. Look at China, Russia and other countries. They buy gold by proxies, like there is not tomorrow. And they buy real metal, not some futures on stock exchanges.

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