Poland’s Ministry of Economy has become the most recent target of cyber attacks by the “Anonymous” hacker group using the moniker Operation Golden Dawn.
Hackers published documents, scans of passports belonging to foreign citizens invited to Poland by one of the ministry’s departments, e-mails swiped from the inboxes of employees as well as the log-in and password data for a number of government websites.
The hack was apparently part of Anonymous' Operation Golden Dawn
The move comes after Anonymous managed to scour data from the website servers of the Trade and Investment sections of Polish Embassies – trade.gov.pl.
The group claims that the Polish Economy Ministry conducts “industrial espionage” via its trade missions abroad, initially pointing to the mission at the Polish Embassy in Belarus as an “office … stashed with internal reports.”
An Anonymous hacker release also lambasts the head of the trade section at the Polish Embassy in Minsk, Wiesław Pokładek, “and his puppies from the CBA,” a reference to Poland’s central anti-corruption bureau.
Picking up the pieces
“The Economy Ministry informs that due to reports concerning a possible leak of information from its Trade and Investment Departments, protective measures have been taken,” the ministry announced soon after it realized what had happened. “The Economy Ministry is now analyzing the scope and credibility of the published material.”
Meanwhile, “from the published screenshots of the mailboxes it can be discerned that the attackers had access to the servers on October 6, 2013,” wrote Piotr Konieczny from Niebezpiecznik.pl, a company testing network security, adding that it hasn’t been discerned how the servers were breached.
The leak of information from Poland’s Economy Ministry comes on the back of an attack merely days earlier on Greece’s Foreign Affairs Ministry as well as the OSCE (the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe), with sources saying the same “hacktivist” is responsible for the attack on trade.gov.pl.
Earlier this year, Anonymous attacked and blocked the website of the Greek Justice Ministry as a protest against the Greek government’s decision to go ahead with severe belt-tightening measures after pressure from the EU and the IMF over a proposed bailout.
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