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A view of the offices of Vastaamo psychotherapy centre, in Pasila, Helsinki, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Finland’s interior minister has summoned key Cabinet members into an emergency meeting Sunday after hundreds of patient records at a private Finnish psychotherapy center were accessed by a hacker or hackers who are seeking ransom from clients. Finnish Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo tweeted on Sunday that authorities would “provide speedy crisis help to victims” of the security breach at the Vastaamo psychotherapy center, an incident she called “shocking and very serious.”   (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

Finland fast-tracks ID code law change after hacking case

Nov. 12, 2020 11:03 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The government of Finland said Thursday it was preparing legislation that would allow citizens to change their personal identity codes in cases of gross data breaches that carry a high risk of identity theft. The government’s fast-tracked proposal was designed primarily to...

A view of the offices of Vastaamo psychotherapy centre, in Pasila, Helsinki, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Finland’s interior minister has summoned key Cabinet members into an emergency meeting Sunday after hundreds of patient records at a private Finnish psychotherapy center were accessed by a hacker or hackers who are seeking ransom from clients. Finnish Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo tweeted on Sunday that authorities would “provide speedy crisis help to victims” of the security breach at the Vastaamo psychotherapy center, an incident she called “shocking and very serious.”   (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

Finland shocked by therapy center hacking, client blackmail

Oct. 25, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s interior minister summoned key Cabinet members into an emergency meeting Sunday after hundreds — and possibly thousands — of patient records at a private Finnish psychotherapy center were accessed by a hacker or hackers now demanding ransoms. Finnish Interior...

Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin speaks with the media as she arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. European Union leaders meet for the second day of an EU summit, amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic, to discuss topics on foreign policy issues. (Johanna Geron, Pool via AP)

Finnish PM leaves EU summit as 'precautionary' measure

Oct. 16, 2020 6:45 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Another day at the European Union summit, another leader gone away. Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Friday that she had left the summit of heads of states and governments in Belgium on its final day “as a precautionary measure" after learning that a Finnish lawmaker she...

Aava Murto, is interviewed by members of the media, in Helsinki, Finland, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. A 16-year-old girl has assumed the post of Finnish prime minister for one day in the “Girls Takeover” scheme part of the U.Ns’ Day of the Girl to raise more awareness of gender equality in the world. Aava Murto stepped into the shoes of Prime Minister Sanna Marin Wednesday to highlight the impact of technology on gender equality.  (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

Teen assumes Finland's PM post for a day in "Girls Takeover"

Oct. 8, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

Associated Press (AP) — A 16-year-old girl ceremoniously assumed the post of Finnish prime minister for one day for the “Girls Takeover” program — part of the U.N. International Day of the Girl to raise more awareness of gender equality. Aava Murto from the small village of Vaaksy in...

US sees "important progress" in Helsinki nuclear arms talks

Oct. 6, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — The top U.S. negotiator in nuclear arms control talks with Russia held in Helsinki says a one-day follow-up meeting to earlier talks in Austria has yielded “important progress.” Ambassador Marshall Billingslea, President Donald Trump’s special envoy for arms control,...