Poland targetted by cyber attack, suspects Russia

WARSAW, POLAND (AP) — A Polish government official said Poland has been hit by a “complex disinformation operation” that appears aimed at weakening the Polish-United States alliance and is consistent with previous Russian cyberattacks.

Spokesman for the head of the country’s security services Stanislaw Zaryn said yesterday that Poland continues to investigate and has no final evidence that the attack was directed by Russia. But he said it bears all the hallmarks of a Kremlin-led campaign.

“Poland has been a target of Russian propaganda for many years,” Zaryn told The Associated Press in an emailed statement. “Lately these kinds of efforts are intensifying more and more.”

Zaryn on Twitter described a cyberattack on the website of the War Studies Institute in Warsaw, a defence academy that trains Polish military leaders. He said cyberattackers posted a fake letter in the name of the schools’ rector calling on Polish soldiers to fight the “American occupation”.

The letter’s message was amplified by being reported on news portals, including one known for pushing disinformation, he said.

“The content of the letter matched the main narratives Russian propaganda constantly pushes against Poland and the United States,” Zaryn wrote.

There was no comment from Russian officials to this incident. The Russian government in the past has adamantly denied involvement in disinformation campaigns.