Rookie official caught stealing military data

Last week the police arrested an employee of the state property management agency Valsts nekustamie īpašumi (VNI) suspected of illegally accessing information related to the military and economic security of the state, the State Police informed on Wednesday.

The Economic Crime Prevention Department of the State Police acted on information received February 4 from VNI over a data security breach.

VNI notified the police that a newly hired employee had illegally accessed an automated data processing system that parses top-level information related to the economic and military safety of Latvia.

Police say access to the information was blocked within 24 hours, and the sensitive information was retrieved fully. Several searches and special investigative actions were carried out during the operation.

The police detained the VNI employee, a 1964-born male, who was hiding in an apartment in Rīga.

The suspect was incarcerated and now faces up to five years in jail for illegally accessing top-level information and up to three years imprisonment for abuse of office. 

The police say timely action by VNI helped to prevent an incident and potential damage to the economic and military security of the state.

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