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"My husband’s email account was hacked, lost access to Facebook account"- reads a Facebook post published on Tuesday evening on the profile of Agnieszka Dworczyk, the wife of Michał Dworczyk, the Polish Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff.
The latter part of the entry suggests that Mr Dworczyk is communicating with the readers as well. He supposedly confirms the information about the hacking of his mailbox.
It also says that "classified government documents have been stolen and can be used to harm the national security of the Republic of Poland, and serve as evidence of alleged Polish interference in the internal affairs of Belarus".
The person signed "Michał Dworczyk" also claims that some of the documents were leaked to the media and published on Telegram (a messaging app especially popular in Eastern Europe). The information about the hacking was unofficially confirmed by the online news portal Onet, which cited its sources inside the Polish intelligence agencies.
Later that night, Mr Dworczyk confirmed that his mailbox had indeed been the target of a cyberattack. His wife's Facebook account had also been hacked, and the statement that appeared on her profile on Tuesday was fabricated. "I treat this attack as part of a widespread disinformation effort"- he wrote on Twitter, adding that as a person who "actively supported democratic changes on the territory of the former USSR" he was banned from entering Belarus and Russia for 11 years. He also wrote that appropriate authorities have already been notified.
In the same Tweet, Mr Dworczyk also said that the official documents stolen from his mailbox did not contain any classified information. "I would like to emphasize that the e-mail account which has been hacked did not contain any classified, restricted, secret or top secret information".
Onet: Mr Dworczyk’s email account was hacked
Michał Dworczyk did not specify what kind of official documents were in his mailbox. On Tuesday, Onet wrote that the stolen content is supposed to include, among other things, "a set of documents required to submit to the Council of Ministers a draft bill on strategic reserves". There was also a document from the Department of Strategic Studies dated August 2020, entitled: "Facilitating the settlement process of Belarusians in Poland, including those of Polish origin".
The document in question addresses such topics as migration policy, the Polish minority in Belarus, the need to include Belarus in the territorial scope of the repatriation law, interest in repatriation from Belarus to Poland in the last year, and problems related to the repatriation process.
Mr Dworczyk also failed to specify whether the compromised email account was private or official. On Tuesday, Onet reported that it was his private mailbox.
Cybersecurity experts: Mr Dworczyk is being framed
According to the cybersecurity news site Niebezpiecznik.pl, it was not Michał Dworczyk's e-mail box that was hacked, but rather his wife's Facebook account.
"Mr Dworczyk’s social media profiles do not seem to have been taken over. (...) The documents may come from another source altogether, and someone is 'just framing' Mr Dworczyk"- claims Niebezpiecznik.pl.
The website has also found that a thread on Telegram, where the documents allegedly stolen from Mr Dworczyk's mailbox were published, was set up on Friday.
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