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Valsts nekustamie īpašumi employee arrested for accessing military security-related information

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULast week, Latvian State Police’s Economic Crimes Prevention Office managed to prevent a potential incident with Valsts nekustamie īpašumi information that could have impacted state economic and military security. One person has been apprehended and put under arrest.

On 4 February, Latvian State Police received information from VNĪ about a security incident with the company’s information system. According to this information, VNĪ had discovered during a routine check of its internal information system and the files contained within that one of its officials, who had been on probation at the time, had accessed the automated data processing system that handles mainly information related to state economic and military security.

The police have launched a criminal process. The Economic Crimes Prevention Office also managed to cut off access to sensitive information, block off and recover the stolen information in less than a day. Police have also carried out multiple court-sanctioned searches and investigation activities. As a result of those efforts, a 1964-born VNĪ employee, who was hiding in an apartment in Riga during the whole ordeal, has been arrested.

Over the course of the investigation, officers of the Cyber Crimes Prevention Office also found enough evidence to warrant an arrest, especially considering the person was hiding from authorities. The suspect was put under arrest on 7 February.

It was possible to prevent a potential risk to the country’s economic and military security largely thanks to the quick reaction by VNĪ and successful cooperation with investigators, notes the police.

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