Poland and Allies Condemn Russian Cyber Attacks, Call for Global Cyber Responsibility

Written by Henrik Rothen

May.04 - 2024 11:47 AM CET

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Poland Leads Call for Adherence to Cyber Norms.

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Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a stark condemnation of cyber attacks attributed to Russian operatives, particularly those from the infamous APT 28 group.

The statement highlighted Poland's solidarity with Germany and the Czech Republic, both of which have also been targets of aggressive cyber campaigns against their political parties and democratic institutions.

The Ministry’s statement expressed unequivocal support for affected nations and urged global adherence to responsible cyber conduct.

"We call on all nations, especially Russia, as well as the private sector and individuals, to adhere to principles of responsible behavior in cyberspace," the Ministry noted.

Impact on European Politics

The cyber attacks have hit close to home in Europe with significant repercussions.

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) of Germany, led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz, reported that their executive board's email accounts were compromised in June 2023 due to a yet unidentified security loophole.

This breach is part of a broader pattern that has stirred significant concern in Germany and beyond.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock confirmed last Friday that these attacks were orchestrated by Russian military intelligence, pinpointing a persistent threat that appears to be systematically targeting European democratic institutions.

Czech Republic Also Under Siege

Echoing Germany's experiences, the Czech Republic reported similar cyber incursions last Friday.

Their foreign ministry revealed that Russian military intelligence-linked groups exploited previously unknown vulnerabilities in Microsoft Outlook to conduct their operations.

With the backdrop of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, these cyber attacks are seen as particularly egregious.

"In the context of upcoming European and national elections, and Russian aggression in Ukraine, these actions are especially serious and reprehensible," stated the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Czech government has vowed to enhance the cyber resilience of its public institutions and the private sector in response.

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