Polish Defense Ministry said massive leak of military equipment database only includes publicly available information and is not harmful
WARSAW, Poland – The Polish Defense Ministry said on Friday that a massive leak of a military equipment database includes only publicly available information and is not harmful.
The ministry said the database found online is a list of an agency responsible for making purchases for the Polish military.
“We would like to stress that the publication of the data does not represent any danger for state security or the functioning of the Polish armed forces,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that there had been no violation of computer system security.
In preliminary findings, she blamed the leak on the negligence of a procurement inspectorate.
However, the opposition demanded the removal of the defense minister from the right-wing government.
News portal Onet.pl said files with nearly 1.8 million records listing the assets of the Polish armed forces – from notebooks to armaments and F-16 fighter jets – became public on Sunday. He said the source of the leak could lie in a military inspection in Bydgoszcz, central Poland, tasked with supplying the army.
Onet.pl said that according to its informants, the database was uploaded by users in other countries, including China and Russia.
He said the database draws a picture of what assets the Polish armed forces had or needed in September and the condition of the equipment.