NEWS FROM THE LAB - Monday, January 23, 2012

Pole Position: Poland Attacked by Anti-ACTA Hackers Posted by Sean @ 16:06 GMT

There's breaking news coming out of Poland. Hackers, reportedly associated with Anonymous, have been attacking Polish government websites to protest this week's scheduled signing of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).


ACTA is an intellectual property treaty. Poland announced on January 19 that it would sign the treaty on January 26, 2012.

A Twitter account called @AnonymousWiki called for action against the Polish government.

All of this follows on the heels of SOPA protests and Anonymous attacks against US government websites due to the FBI's takedown of Megaupload.

Websites targeted by DDoS attacks include: abw.gov.pl; arimr.gov.pl; ets.gov.pl; knf.gov.pl; mf.gov.pl; mkidn.gov.pl; mzios.gov.pl; pip.gov.pl; praca.gov.pl; premier.gov.pl; stat.gov.pl; uzp.gov.pl.

Here's a screenshot of premier.gov.pl, currently down, from Google's cache:


The embedded video on the defaced page is a parody of Wojciech Jaruzelski's (Poland's last Communist leader) announcement of martial law on December 13th, 1981.

Wojciech Jaruzelski

And, what is also quite interesting and shocking — hackers have claimed that the password and login to premier.gov.pl's admin panel was admin (login) and admin1 (password).

There are also reports a hacked laptop belonging to a deputy of Michał Boni, Poland's Minister of Administration and Digitization.

This situation will develop further.

Updated to add:

Though it is among the sites listed above, we would like clarify that premier.gov.pl was not DDoS attacked, but rather, was hacked and defaced by a group called the Polish Underground, who, according to a Polish colleague of ours, explicitly deny having anything to do with Anonymous.