The Finnish parliament said on Monday that police are investigating the hack of a number of email accounts of MPs and employees. The cyber attack was carried out in recent months. The parliament’s technical security system discovered the hack.
It is as yet unclear who may be behind the computer burglary. Parliament president Anu Vehviläinen called the hack “a serious threat to our democracy and Finnish society”.
“To strengthen cyber security, we must take our own national measures and actively cooperate within the EU and internationally,” she added. As long as the investigation is ongoing, the Finnish Parliament will not comment.
“This is no coincidence,” said the chief inspector of the Finnish National Investigation Service, who was unable to say how many email accounts have been hacked. The Chief Inspector calls the case “exceptional”.
Earlier this year, Norway’s parliament was also hit by a similar cyber attack. There, authorities linked the attack to hackers linked to the Russian military security service.