Poland’s government official said on Wednesday that Russia was behind a hacking attack that blocked users’ access to the online tax filing system.
Janusz Cieszynski, an official responsible for digitalisation, said that the attack consisted of distributed denial of service but there had been no leaking of taxpayers’ data.
The Russian embassy in Warsaw responded by saying it is already used to the fact that in the West, you can now accuse Russia of anything without evidence. Western officials say the Russian government is a global leader in hacking and uses cyber-espionage against foreign governments.
This hacking attack happened amid persistent high tensions between Warsaw and Moscow over the war in Ukraine. Russia has consistently denied carrying out hacking operations.
Western countries have repeatedly accused Russian state-sponsored hackers of carrying out cyberattacks, including ransomware attacks on businesses and critical infrastructure, interference in elections, and spreading disinformation. Russia has been accused of launching a series of cyberattacks against European countries in recent years.