Finland Reveals Beijing Regime-Linked To Cyber-Attack
The attack had lasted several weeks prior to being discovered by the information security department of the Parliament.
Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation said at the time that the attack had compromised parts of the Parliament’s internal communication system, including a number of Parliamentary email accounts. Some of these accounts belonged to members of Parliament, while others belonged to members of staff, according to the NIB.
Little became known about the attack in the months after the incident was first reported by Finnish media. But on Thursday the Finnish Security and Intelligence Service issued a press release about the incident. It said that the attack was likely part of a state-sponsored cyber espionage operation. It also identified those responsible for the attack as Advanced Persistent Threat 31. The SUPO report did not name the state that sponsored the attack. However, several private computer security firms have linked APT31 with the Chinese government.
The SUPO report stated that the attack on the Finnish Parliament was neither random nor experimental. On the contrary, it was aimed at acquiring specific information stored at the Parliament’s computer servers. Although the motive for the attack is still being investigated, it is possible that it was part of an effort to gather intelligence to benefit a foreign state or to harm Finland’s interests, said SUPO. The spy agency added that it would not provide further details about the case while it remains the subject a criminal investigation.