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Poland accused Belarusian hackers of destabilizing the situation in the country

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Poland accused Belarusian hackers of destabilizing the situation in the country

Allegedly, Belarusian hackers are spreading disinformation among Polish conscripts.

Polish Ministry of National Defense reported about a recent disinformation campaign that was linked to the alleged Belarusian hacker group Ghostwriter (UNC1151).

As part of the campaign, hackers sent fake messages to Polish citizens about recruitment into the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade, a multinational military organization engaged in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. The reports claimed that the brigade would take part in the SVO on the territory of Ukraine. The Polish authorities believe that the purpose of the attackers is to destabilize the situation in the country.

The campaign is notable for its rapid spread. The disinformation campaign was discovered on April 18, a day after the start of compulsory military qualification in Poland, which evaluates the skills and abilities of Polish citizens who could potentially serve in the army. However, the Polish authorities promptly debunked the disinformation campaign.

According to the Polish authorities, the hackers spread messages via SMS, Telegram channels and email using the newly registered domain “mon-gov[.]com”. It is not clear how many people received these messages, but the campaign will continue into the future, according to Poland’s cybersecurity service.

In 2022, security experts warned about the increasing cyberattacks on organizations helping refugees from Ukraine. The attackers sent phishing emails purporting to be from the Security Service of Ukraine, allegedly containing an evacuation plan. In fact, the attachments were malicious and contained software for stealing personal data.

The researchers “tentatively” attributed the attacks to the hacker group Ghostwriter (UNC1151), which some experts associate with the government of the Republic of Belarus. Although there is no technical evidence yet, the tactics and timing of the attacks pointed to Ghostwriter.



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