Poland supports US, Canada, UK in GRU cyberattack statements

The Polish Foreign Ministry in a Thursday communique supported the statements made by the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom in which the three countries attribute the responsibility for a wave of cyberattacks to Russian military intelligence GRU.

"Poland supports the statements of the governments of the United States, Canada and Great Britain attributing to the Russian GRU the responsibility for spreading destructive malware and for numerous cyberattacks targeting a number of countries, their critical infrastructure, healthcare, energy systems, free elections and international sports events," the Polish ministry wrote.

"Poland works closely with its partner countries to hold cyberattackers accountable, and to build a secure and open cyberspace based on international standards and norms," the ministry added.

The US Department of Justice announced on Thursday that it had pressed criminal charges "against six officers of the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate's (GRU) Military Unit 74455" for "disruptive, destructive, and destabilising activities in cyberspace."

Among the countries, organisations and campaigns targeted by GRU, the Justice Department named Ukraine, the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, organisations investigating the 2018 nerve agent poisoning of Sergei Skripal, and government entities and private companies in Georgia, as well as elections in France.