Ukraine and Poland signed an agreement on Monday to strengthen cybersecurity collaboration as officials warn of potential cyberattacks by Kremlin-linked hackers.
The countries decided to jointly fight cybercrime and share their experience in combating cyber threats. Poland is Ukraine’s closest neighbor — more than 1.2 million Ukrainian refugees moved there during the war, including thousands of tech specialists.
Synergy Between Two Countries Creates A New Perspective
Due to its close ties with Ukraine and strong financial support to the war-torn country, Poland has become a popular target for Russian hackers. Cyberattacks on Poland began shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, and in July a pro-Kremlin hacking group called Killnet took down Poland’s key government websites.
With Poland, we have not only a common physical border but also a joint problem in cyberspace, where we experience the same kind of attacks. Ukraine and Poland will jointly participate in cybersecurity conferences and work to prevent the spread of Russian disinformation in the media.
On Monday, the countries also agreed to exchange digital documents in their e-government apps — the Ukrainian Diva app and the Polish mObywatel. Ukrainians who have moved to Poland will have access to Ukrainian digital driver’s licenses, vehicle registration certificates, and residence permits in the Polish mObywatel app.
Ukraine, in turn, will soon recognize some of the Polish digital documents, according to Fedorov. This is the first case in the world when two countries exchange digital documents in mobile apps, he wrote on Telegram.
Agreements with allies
This is not the first time Ukraine is trying to find support from other countries to overcome cyber threats. In July, for instance, it signed an agreement with Slovenia and the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Since the start of the invasion, many of Ukraine’s closest allies have suffered from Russian cyberattacks — mostly without serious consequences. Earlier in August, Killnet took down the website of Latvia’s parliament after lawmakers there designated Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Last week Estonia said it had repelled the biggest wave of cyberattacks in more than a decade. Initiated shortly after, the Estonian government decided to remove Soviet-era monuments from the country.