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Russia behind cyberattacks on government site: Polish official

Russia’s secret services were behind an attack on a Polish government website that forced it to shut down, Government Plenipotentiary for Cyber Security at the Prime Minister’s Office Janusz Cieszyński reported.

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On Tuesday, the website (containing information about taxes) went down. At that time the Finance Ministry told the Polish Press Agency (PAP) that the website’s downtime was not the result of a hacker attack, but was caused by a technical error.

However, on Wednesday, the government plenipotentiary for cyber security said that the shutdown was caused by Russian secret services.

The Russians were responsible for yesterday’s attack. We have information that makes it very likely that it was them,” he told a private broadcaster Polsat News.

Cieszyński explained that the attack involved generating a lot of artificial traffic on the website, adding that no data was stolen.

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