Poland: Huge military data breach only public information

Massive leak of military equipment database includes only publicly available information and is harmless, says Polish Ministry of Defense

WARSAW, Poland — The massive leak of a database of military equipment included only publicly available information and was harmless, the Polish Defense Ministry said on Friday.

The ministry said the database found online was a list of agencies responsible for procurement for the Polish military.

“We would like to stress that the release of the data does not imply any threat to national security or the functioning of the Polish Armed Forces,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that there was no breach of IT system security.

In its preliminary findings, it blamed the leak on the negligence of the inspector in charge of the procurement.

However, the opposition has called for the ouster of the right-wing government’s defence minister.

A document containing nearly 1.8 million records listing the assets of the Polish armed forces – from notebooks to weapons and F-16 fighter jets – entered the public domain on Sunday, the Onet.pl news portal said. It said the source of the leak may have been a military checkpoint in Bydgoszcz, central Poland, which supplies supplies to the army.

Onet.pl said that, according to its informants, the database had been uploaded by users in other countries, including China and Russia.

It said the database depicts the status of assets and equipment owned or required by the Polish Armed Forces in September.