Poland raises cyberattack threat level after Ukraine incident

Poland raised its cybersecurity terror threat level - in what it calls a preventative measure - following the cyberattacks on Ukraine last week. — REUTERS/File Photo

Poland on Tuesday raised its nationwide cybersecurity terror threat level in the wake of a cyberattack on Ukraine last week, saying the move was preventative.

Ukraine has said it has evidence that Russia was behind a massive cyberattack that knocked out key government websites.

In the wake of that incident, Poland's digital ministry said Tuesday that the country was now being placed on the lowest of four potential cybersecurity terror threat levels until Jan 23.

As a result, "the public administration will be obliged to conduct increased monitoring of the security of ICT (information and communication technology) systems," the ministry said in a statement.

"It is due to the possibility of a security breach of electronic communications."

The last time Poland implemented the measure was during a UN forum on internet governance in December.

Ukraine's SBU security service said the attacks, in the early hours of last Friday, had targeted a total of 70 government websites.

Tensions are at an all-time high between Ukraine and Russia, which Kyiv accuses of having massed troops on its border ahead of a possible invasion. Some analysts fear the cyberattack could be the prelude to a military attack. – AFP

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