Poland targeted by disinformation attack, suspects Russia

A Polish government official says Poland has been hit by a “complex disinformation operation” that is consistent with previous Russian cyberattacks

“Poland has been a target of Russian propaganda for many years,” Zaryn told The Associated Press in an emailed statement. “Lately these kinds of efforts are intensifying more and more.”

Zaryn on Twitter described a cyberattack on the website of the War Studies Institute in Warsaw, a defense academy that trains Polish military leaders. He said cyberattackers posted a fake letter in the name of the schools' rector calling on Polish soldiers to fight the “American occupation.”

The letter's message was amplified by being reported on news portals, including one known for pushing disinformation, he said.

“The content of the letter matched the main narratives Russian propaganda constantly pushes against Poland and the United States,” Zaryn wrote.

There was no comment from Russian officials to this incident. The Russian government in the past has adamantly denied involvement in disinformation campaigns.

Zaryn said that Polish authorities believe the purpose of the attacks is to sow information chaos, undermine the morale of Polish soldiers and stir up anti-American sentiment, among other reasons.