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Finland MP’s Faces Dire Cyber Intrusion

 

The parliament of Finland verified on Monday that some hackers had procured entry into the internal IT system of Finland and have also retrieved some personal as well as confidential information by accessing into the email accounts of some of the Member of the Parliament (MPs).

In a statement the government officials confirmed that the incident took place in the autumn season of 2020 and was turned up in the month of December by the IT staff of the Parliament after they felt that something suspicious is happening. This occurrence is being investigated under the examination of the Finnish Central Criminal Police (KRP) .

Although the Crime Commissioner Tero Muurman in an official statement said that “The act is not accidental”, on the other hand the police in investigation are not unveiling any detail about the case. Instead they quoted that they are investigating the security breach as a “suspected gross hacking and espionage” incident. Though after flicking through all the recorded statement one thing is clear that the intrusion did no harm to the internal IT System of the Parliament.

 “At this stage , one alternative is that unknown factors have been able to obtain Information through the hacking, either for the benefit of a foreign state or to harm Finland” , Muurman further added. The larceny of the hackers has affected a lot of individuals of the country though obviously the number is unsure. 

The thing that requires the maximal gravity here is that, during the same time, in the fall, some Russian hackers have also accessed the emails of various Parliamentary personnel and representative of Norway to acquire some information. Both the hacks were quite indistinguishable in nature and can be thought to be linked as well. 

The officials in command stated, “This case is exceptional in Finland serious due to the quality of the target and unfortunate for the victims”. Proffering a sense of placidity to the victims the KRP Tero Muurman also made a statement claiming that “International cooperation has taken place in the investigation” and the drudges would be behind the bars for the felony. 

Hackers stole the personal data of patients in Finland


Finland: Hackers have stolen data from the Vastaamo Psychotherapy Center. Folders with personal information of tens of thousands of Suomi citizens, who in different years applied to this medical organization, were freely available

The Сenter's archive includes people not only with serious mental illnesses but also those who have experienced temporary psychological difficulties. Journalists note that the organization's lists include politicians, businessmen, public figures, as well as ordinary citizens, even minors.

The attackers made public the names of patients, addresses, phone numbers, identification numbers, as well as the contents of psychotherapy sessions. And they declare that they will not remove this information from public access until they receive the money.

It is not surprising that the leak of personal data excited the entire Finnish society.  Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, in an interview with journalists, urged citizens to refuse further dissemination of information that was disclosed by the criminals.

"This concerns all of us. Information about each of us is constantly collected on various platforms. This also applies to everyone, because everyone has something intimate that we do not want to disclose," said Niinistö.

However, the President's appeals did not help. Data is spreading at a breakneck speed As the influential newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reports, the Crime Victim Support Service is overwhelmed by calls from victims of hackers' actions, as well as those who fear that their names could also get into the network.

Several hundred clients of the Center said that they filed a police report demanding criminal proceedings because of the data leak.

The Central Criminal Police notes that a criminal can act from anywhere in the world.

The Center itself believes that the database may have been subjected to two cyber attacks. The first attack occurred in November 2018. The second attack probably occurred between late November 2018 and March 2019.

Finnish media noticed that over the weekend, information about the Center's patients began to disappear, and new information no longer appears. Because of this, there were rumors that the clinic paid the ransom. A representative of the center declined to comment on them.