Poland’s defense minister says hackers have targeted the country for cyber attacks at a rate of one a week for the last six months.
Antoni Macierewicz told state broadcaster Polish Radio that each incident was potentially very dangerous for his country, adding that it appears as though the attacks are part of a broader Europe-wide campaign.
In the interview, Macierewsicz said that hackers attempted to install malware on Polish defense ministery IT systems so they could access and then steal data.
The minister noted further that the cyber attacks weren’t merely infiltration attempts but also efforts to immobilize critical Polish infrastructure that could lead to “paralysis in the functioning of the state.”
Last week, he announced the formation of a “cyber army” that would number approximately 1,000 troops within the next several years who would be capable of conducting cyberwarfare against enemies.
Analyst Comment: Slowly but steadily, advanced countries around the world are figuring out that a portion of the next major war will be fought in cyberspace.
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