Poland allocates $760 million to counter Russian cyber threats

The allocation will be used to establish a ‘Cyber Shield’ and tackle the rising number of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure.

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Poland has announced plans to allocate over 3 billion zlotys ($760 million) towards strengthening its cybersecurity measures following a suspected Russian cyberattack on the state news agency PAP. The attack, which authorities believe originated from Russia, has raised concerns ahead of the European Parliament elections in Poland. These fears escalated after a false article about military mobilisation appeared on PAP, prompting heightened vigilance against potential interference from Moscow.

Krzysztof Gawkowski, Poland’s digitalisation minister, emphasised the country’s commitment to defending against cyber threats, describing Poland as being on the frontline of the cyber fight against Russia. Gawkowski revealed that Poland had thwarted several cyber attacks on critical infrastructure over the weekend, underscoring the urgency of bolstering cybersecurity measures in the face of ongoing threats.

Amid accusations of Russian attempts to destabilise Poland, the Russian embassy in Warsaw has denied knowledge of the cyberattack on PAP and dismissed allegations of Russian interference. However, Poland has cited incidents of sabotage and arson on its soil, linking them to Russia. Additionally, Polish authorities assert that Russian secret services are actively gathering information on weapons deliveries to Ukraine following Russia’s invasion in February 2022. In response, Poland has announced the re-establishment of a commission to investigate Russian influence, highlighting the country’s efforts to address security concerns and safeguard against external threats.