Chinese hacker group responsible for cyber-attack on Finnish parliament

A group called APT31 is responsible for the “state-run cyberespionage operation,” according to the intelligence service’s press release published Thursday, and according to data security experts, the operation has been traced to China. [Shutterstock/F8 studio]

The Finnish Security and Intelligence Service (Supo) has identified the group behind the cyber-attack against the Finnish parliament’s IT systems last autumn.

A group called APT31 is responsible for the “state-run cyberespionage operation,” according to the intelligence service’s press release published Thursday, and according to data security experts, the operation has been traced to China.

Giving out the identity of the suspected intruder was an exception to the rule and shows the gravity of the operation, as such findings are usually not published. 

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) also released a statement on Thursday in regards to aggravated computer break-in, aggravated espionage, and aggravated message interception offences.

“We are investigating links to the APT31 group, but we will not disclose any details about the facts discovered as the criminal investigation is ongoing,” said NBI’s detective superintendent Tero Muurman.

“The motive is under investigation. We have not excluded the possibility that the purpose of the attack was to gather intelligence to benefit a foreign state or to harm Finland’s interests,” Muurman added. (Pekka Vänttinen | EURACTIV.com)

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