Poland to raise cyber security budget after anti-US attacks

  • Roman Šulc
  • 20.3.2017 13:09

On March 15 Reuters informed about January cyber attacks on several polish municipalities, which hosted NATO soldiers that were deployed to reinforce the alliance forces in the region. The web pages of said districts were defaced with an anti-U.S. and anti-NATO propaganda. The changed content indicates that attackers reacted on the growing number of NATO personnel and equipment in eastern Europe, which is conceived as a threat by Russia. An unnamed government official, cited by Reuters, stated that the attacks are demonstrating the necessity of an increase of the Polish cyber defence budget.

According to deputy defence minister Tomasz Szatkowski cyber threats are getting more and more intense, which is met by setting current year spending at 1 billion zlotys (235 million euros) - a number that has grown substantially in the last several years. The same trend is also noticeable in other NATO countries.

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