Acting on Varoufakis claim, police find no hacking signs


During the course of an investigation into claims by ex-Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, Kathimerini understands police computer experts have found no signs that anyone has hacked into a government database of tax registration numbers.

Four members of the Cyber Crimes Unit were assigned the task of checking the General Secretariat for Public Revenues database to see if anyone had attempted to copy tax identification codes, known as AFMs in Greece.

The probe was ordered after it emerged that Varoufakis claimed in a conversation with investors on July 16 that he talked to a ministry employee about hacking into the general secretariat’s online system during alleged attempts to create a scheme that would help the government overcome liquidity problems.

Varoufakis did not clarify whether this breach took place. However, his claims prompted internal and judicial investigations.