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Poland joins countries attributing Russian APT28 for major cyber attacks

Following Germany attributing previous cyber attacks to a Russian state-sponsored actor, Poland announced that it had also been targeted by the same threat group.

user icon Daniel Croft
Mon, 06 May 2024
Poland joins countries attributing Russian APT28 for major cyber attacks
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Germany last week said that an attack on the Social Democratic Party last year was conducted by APT28, a threat group also known as Fancy Bear that is believed to serve the Moscow GRU.

“Today, we can say unambiguously we can attribute this cyber attack to a group called APT28, which is steered by the military intelligence service of Russia,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said at a news conference in Australia.

“In other words, it was a state-sponsored Russian cyber attack on Germany, and this is absolutely intolerable and unacceptable and will have consequences.”


Now, Poland has expressed its support for Germany and the Czech Republic, which also said it was targeted, adding that it was also targeted by APT28.

“Poland, which is also one of the targets of the APT28 attacks, strongly condemns the repeated, unacceptable and harmful activities carried out in cyber space by Russian entities,” said Poland in a statement.

“Facing the continuous increase in threats in cyber space, Poland is actively working to protect critical infrastructure, build resilience and strengthen cyber defence.”

Poland did not provide any details of the cyber attack.

Following last week’s announcement, Germany has summoned a Russian envoy for comment on the incident, adding that APT28 was behind a cyber espionage campaign targeting German aerospace, defence and IT agencies, as well as the Social Democratic Party.

“We and our partners will not tolerate these cyber attacks and will use the entire spectrum of measures to prevent, deter and respond to Russia’s aggressive behavior in cyber space,” a German foreign ministry spokesperson said.

Russia has not responded to the attributions but, in the past, has denied cyber attacks on Western countries.

Daniel Croft

Daniel Croft

Born in the heart of Western Sydney, Daniel Croft is a passionate journalist with an understanding for and experience writing in the technology space. Having studied at Macquarie University, he joined Momentum Media in 2022, writing across a number of publications including Australian Aviation, Cyber Security Connect and Defence Connect. Outside of writing, Daniel has a keen interest in music, and spends his time playing in bands around Sydney.

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