Don’t leak secret data in army info, security chief says – The First News
The leak of Polish military data is unfortunate but does not contain classified information about the combat readiness of the Polish armed forces, a senior security official said on Monday.
Pawel Soloch, head of the Polish government’s National Security Bureau (BBN), appeared to downplay the significance of the data leak.
On Friday the Onet.pl The website published an article about the leak in the Polish Army database, which affected about 1.7 million pieces of equipment.
“It is unfortunate that Polish Armed Forces data was leaked, but this is definitely not a leak of secret information about combat readiness or equipment of our (military – PAP) units,” Soloch told Polish Radio. “To our knowledge, this was unclassified support inspection data and did not concern the equipment used in (military – PAP) formations, our ammunition stockpiles or the condition of our equipment.”
Onet had reported that some of the information was extremely valuable to foreign intelligence agencies.
“According to our whistleblower, a cybersecurity specialist, the database was downloaded by users from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China,” Onet wrote. “We have unofficially confirmed the leak by two independent sources associated with the Special Services. The army is currently searching for the culprits and estimating casualties.”
The leaked data contained information about devices purchased by Poland in the United States, Germany and Israel, the website said.
Onet wrote that the leak likely originated from the army’s logistics planning unit in Bydgoszcz, north-central Poland.
The Department of Defense said on Friday that the leak posed no threat to national security and that the revealed index included only publicly available information. The ministry said that “the release of the index was not the result of a security breach in the Polish Army’s telecommunications systems.”
The ministry said the leaked data affected only part of the Unified Material Index kept by the Support Inspectorate, a unit responsible for purchases by the Polish army.
The ministry also said that, according to the first indications, the leak occurred because an employee of the support inspection had not fulfilled his or her duties. It added that the possibility that an employee had made a file available to an unauthorized server was being investigated by military police.