Aftenposten News – Norway’s power grid is subject to aggressive hacking every day, carried out by computer terrorists apparently intent on cutting electricity to wide areas of the country. Agencies in charge of power production and the network have so far managed to thwart their efforts.
Employees at Statkraft, Norway’s largest power producer, are being forced to use tremendous resources to maintain the so-called “fire walls” in its computer system. If they fail, Norway may be subject to the same kind of massive power failures that recently hit Italy, eastern Canada and the US.
“We have daily visits from trespassers who try to break into our system,” Tor Inge Akselsen of Statnett told newspaper Aftenposten Tuesday. Statnett is in charge of Norway’s power network.
Neither Statkraft nor Statnett know who they’re up against, only that it’s critically important to keep their systems secure.
A massive power failure in Oslo would halt all trains and trams and disrupt everything from mobile phone traffic to street lights. Back-up generators in key areas, however, would provide power to government offices, hospitals, broadcast outlets and the main airport at Gardermoen.