Published: 10:13, June 22, 2024 | Updated: 10:22, June 22, 2024
Hackers hit Poland Euro 2024 match broadcast in second attack
By Reuters
Austria's midfielder #19 Christoph Baumgartner shoots to score his team's second goal during the UEFA Euro 2024 Group D football match between Poland and Austria at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on June 21, 2024. (PHOTO / AFP)

WARSAW - Hackers disrupted an online broadcast of Poland's Euro 2024 match with Austria on Friday, the state broadcaster said, the second cyberattack targeting the Polish soccer team during the championships.

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Initial checks suggested the hackers launched a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack - which overwhelms servers with huge amounts of traffic - blocking fans from watching the transmission of the Group D clash, the broadcaster TVP said.

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A similar attack hit its online broadcast of Poland's game against the Netherlands on Sunday.

"We apologize for technical problems related to the broadcast of the Poland-Austria match on the Internet," TVP said in a post on X.

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TVP said it had launched an alternative website where fans could watch the game.

On Sunday, it said that the attack was carried out from IP addresses located inside Poland. It made no comment on the source of Friday's hack.