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Russian and Belarusian men charged with spying for Russian GRU


Polish authorities charged Russian and Belarusian individuals with spying for the Russian military intelligence service (GRU).

Polish authorities charged Russian and Belarusian individuals, who were arrested in April, with spying for the Russian military intelligence service (GRU) from 2017 to April 2022.

The defendants gathered intelligence on military facilities critical for the defense of the country, focusing on military units from the northeast, as well as information on the combat capability, morale, and functioning of military units.

“Based on the materials collected by the Military Counterintelligence Service and the material collected in the course of the investigation, it was established that they participated in the activities of the Russian military intelligence” said the Warsaw prosecutor’s office. “The activity of the defendants was focused on military units located in the north-eastern part of Poland, and as part of this activity, they carried out tasks consisting in reconnaissance of significant elements of the Polish Armed Forces and obtaining information , in particular in the area of : from the so-called the migration crisis, the number of soldiers performing tasks.”

The Belarusian national was initially studying at one of the Białystok universities, then he worked at an organization of parachute training. The Russian national was working in the tourism industry.

Recently Poland’s security agency warned pro-Russian hackers that are continuously targeting the state since the start of the invasion of Ukraine.

The attacks aimed at almost any entity in Poland, including government services, private organizations, media outlets.

Poland Cyberspace Defence Force

According to the Polish intelligence, the attacks against the country are part of a response of the Kremlin to the Poland’s support provided to Ukraine. The security agency warns of an attempt to destabilise the situation in its country.

Poland is in a strategic position and is considered a key Ukraine’s ally, it continues to provide support to Ukrainian refugees aligned with NATO’s strategy.

In July, pro-Russia Killnet hacker crew hit multiple government resources in Poland including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Senate, Border Control and the Police.

In April, the same group claimed the responsibility for DDoS attacks on the sites of institutions in states such as the USA, Estonia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and also on NATO sites.

In October, Microsoft reported that a new strain of ransomware, tracked as Prestige ransomware, is being used in attacks aimed at transportation and logistics organizations in Ukraine and Poland.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Poland)

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