Is Anonymous Linked to the Norway Shooter E-mail Hack?

A Norwegian hacker collective that allegedly gained access to the email accounts of Anders Behring Breivik, the confessed perpetrator of killing spree that took the lives of seventy-seven individuals, may have connections to Anonymous, according to a local journalist who has had contact with the group.

Email hackA Norwegian hacker collective that allegedly gained access to the email accounts of Anders Behring Breivik, the confessed perpetrator of killing spree that took the lives of seventy-seven individuals, may have connections to Anonymous, according to a local journalist who has had contact with the group.

The collective, calling themselves Noria, reportedly compromised at least two email accounts belonging to Breivik. Seeking protection from law enforcement, Noria’s 17 year-old leader, operating under the pseudonym “Frederik,” turned over the stolen information to a freelance journalist by the name of Kjetil Stormark, asking him to act as an intermediary between them and the police.  In an email statement, Stormark confirmed this account and told Threatpost that “Frederik” is wanted by the FBI as part of their investigation of the international hacker-collective, Anonymous. He declined to give any further information on the identity of “Frederik” or any other Noria members.

Stormark has since turned the leaked e-mails over to law enforcement. The Oslo Police Department was not available to comment on Tuesday.

Though he declined to say how Noria managed to compromise Breivik’s email, he did describe the content of the stolen messages. 

“The e-mails show some of the activity and contacts made by the perpetrator in the weeks and months leading up to the terror attacks. The mails also tell a tale about his private life,” he wrote. However, he said that he would refrain from publishing the e-mail messages pending a police investigation of the bombing and shooting spree. 

“Due to the sensitive nature of the information, the police must be given a fair chance to investigate. I have therefore decided not to publish anything (sp) of the material yet,” he wrote.

The infiltration of Breivik’s email accounts may compromise the legitimacy and prosecutorial value of any information found therein. 

Noria is the same hacker-group that was reported to have recently taken over Breivik’s twitter account and posted the following tweets according to a report from Mashable.

It is unclear what connection exists between Noria and Anonymous, though many of the hackers who have worked under the Anonymous banner hail from Western Europe, including the UK, Sweden and Norway. 

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