Poland claps back at Polish text on hacked Ukrainian website

15 January 2022, 01:16 PM

An incendiary message left by anonymous hackers on Ukrainian government websites is meant to sour Polish-Ukrainian relations, Poland’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Łukasz Jasina wrote on Facebook on Jan. 14.

About 70 websites belonging to Ukrainian government bodies and ministries came under a massive cyber-attack overnight, Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection reported on Jan. 14.

The hackers left a message on the websites in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish, claiming they “stole” and published all the personal data of Ukrainian citizens, and referenced controversial historical events in Ukrainian and Polish history.

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The Security Service of Ukraine has denied that any data breach had occurred.

The Polish segment of the “declaration” on had numerous linguistic errors, suggesting that “a shoddy online translation tool” was used by the perpetrators, according to Polish media outlet Wprost and other Polish media outlets.

Polish newspaper Wyborcza wrote that “the hackers posted a message that was rather poorly translated (perhaps, using an online tool) into Polish.”

Jasina said Poland condemns any efforts to sow discord, mislead the public, and disrupt the work of government agencies.

In late December, U.S. newspaper The New York Times wrote that Russia was preparing cyber-attacks, targeting the Ukrainian electric grid and government capabilities. According to the NYT, these cyber-attacks were to be expected to hit right after Orthodox Christmas, the end of the last week of January.

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