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Norwegian Nobel Institute website hacked: Report


Oslo: The Norwegian Nobel Institute’s website was Tuesday subjected to a hacker attack, the online edition of the Aftenposten daily reported.

Online visitors risked downloading a so-called trojan, a type of malware, to their computers, according to telecommunications group Telenor’s security group.

The attack was traced to an IP (Internet Protocol) address in Taiwan but it was possible it had been re-routed there, the Telenor Security Operation Centre said after investigating a user complaint.

“The problem has been fixed and there is no danger visiting the site,” Sigrid Langebrekke of the Nobel Institute said.

The Norwegian Nobel Institute was set up in 1904 and assists to the five-member Nobel Committee in vetting candidates nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

This year the committee selected jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, sparking angry reactions from China.