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Increasingly Dangerous Internet Attacks in Iceland

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Increasingly Dangerous Internet Attacks in Iceland

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Cyber attacks on the websites of Icelandic companies and organizations are becoming ever more dangerous and cunning, according to Hrafnkell V. Gíslason, CEO of the Post and Telecom Administration in Iceland, RÚV reports.

Anonynmous, a network of activists and hacktivists, attacked the websites of the Icelandic Government Offices Friday night, causing them to be down for 13 hours. The attack was launched to protest whaling by Icelanders, mbl.is reports. Anonymous posted a list of other intended targets in Iceland, among them visiticeland.com, HB Grandi fishing company and restaurants serving whale meat.

Also last week, for the second time this year, IS hacked an Icelandic website. The website of Vodafone telecommunications company in Iceland was hacked in 2013, exposing 30,000 user passwords and 80,000 text messages, as well as other confidential customer data, such as addresses. The case received widespread media attention in Iceland. Cybercrime in Iceland is reportedly resulting in annual losses in the ISK billions.

The Ministry for the Interior is currently preparing a bill regarding cyber security, which would move the supervision of internet security from the Post and Telecom Administration to the police. Hrafnkell states that the types of cyber attacks have been evolving to include taking information systems hostage by encrypting them and demanding ransom. Such data hostage taking is on the rise in Iceland, according to the police. Cyber security experts worry about coordinated cyber attack efforts to steal data in order to blackmail or push a certain agenda.

Hrafnkell notes, “Those who run information systems in Iceland are well aware of the threat and efforts are constantly being made to improve the response in the banking system, at Government Offices and elsewhere.”

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