Tuesday 21 January 2020

FAI refuses to say what data hackers accessed as Sport Ireland in the dark

Servers at FAI headquarters were hacked earlier this week
Servers at FAI headquarters were hacked earlier this week

Sport Ireland has not been informed of the "nature or details" of an external hacking of the Football Association of Ireland's (FAI) computer servers.

There are fears some recent housekeeping records have been compromised by the hack, but nothing more is known about this yet.

The FAI confirmed the hacking incident but did not address further questions yesterday.

The sporting body faces increasing pressure from TDs, including Fine Gael's Noel Rock, who says that people had approached him worried that children's data could have been accessed.

However, it appears Sport Ireland may also be in the dark.


A spokeswoman said: "Sport Ireland has not been informed of the nature or details of the external hacking of the FAI's computer servers.

"Sport Ireland understands that both An Garda Siochana and the Data Protection Commission are investigating the hacking incident, and considers it a matter for those bodies to examine."

However, the FAI has not answered further questions and repeated the statement it made to the media on Thursday.

A spokesman said: "The FAI has no evidence at this moment in time to suggest that any data held by the FAI has been exfiltrated from our systems.

"The FAI is continuously monitoring the situation and confirms that the safety of the data on our systems is a priority. The FAI is conscious of the data it holds and our obligations in relation to same.

"The FAI continues to work with computer forensic specialists who remain on site at FAI headquarters to investigate the attack and restore all functions as soon as possible."

The FAI did not make any further comment on concerns that sensitive material or financial records may have been accessed during the hacking.

Some FAI staff are understood to be displeased with regards to a lack of information they have received about the hacking attempt.

Staff members stated they have been told all old emails will be restored.

However, one FAI insider said: "Six days on from the hack, we don't have our historical mails. Nobody knows when they will return or if they will return.

"Everyone keeps saying that, 'we've been told that it's there', so where is it?'."

The FAI also refused to make a comment on this issue.

The FAI statement said there was no breach of customer payment details as all of that data is stored off-site.

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