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Saturday 7 December 2019

Fears account details of top FAI employees may have been hacked

Mick McCarthy
Mick McCarthy

There are fears the salary and bank account details of high-profile figures such as John Delaney, Mick McCarthy, Robbie Keane - as well as other leading FAI employees and officials - may have been compromised by the cyber attack on the association.

FAI staff have been warned in an internal memo - seen by the Herald - that bank account and PPS details could have been accessed during the hacking of the association's e-mail servers.

Abbotstown officials have not been able to rule out the possibility that sensitive financial information belonging to high-profile employees such as Delaney and McCarthy has been seized.

FAI executive vice-president Delaney is still being paid, even though he is currently sidelined.

FAI staff have been told to monitor their bank accounts for unusual activity.

It is understood information kept by the financial department was disrupted by the hack, with sources indicating some recent records have been lost.

Forensic computer scientists have been working around the clock on the issue and they have evidence that the payroll server was disrupted during the cyber attack. The Herald also asked the FAI if it can confirm whether the details of the former management team, Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane, were affected.

Players

They agreed a package to leave their posts by mutual consent last November, and it is not unusual for a staggered payment to be part of any deal.

Payments to players, who receive match appearance fees, would also be kept on the system but it is unclear if those transactions have been affected.

The FAI was last night asked if it could state with certainty if payments to Delaney, McCarthy, the previous management team and other FAI employees was not accessed in the cyber attack.

Ex-CEO John Delaney
Ex-CEO John Delaney

"At this moment in time there is no evidence to suggest data has been accessed externally. We are continuously monitoring the situation," an Abbotstown spokesman said.

Earlier in the day, a memo from chief operating officer Rea Walshe told staff: "Investigations have revealed malware on our payroll server."

"Our payroll server handles data such as your name, salary, contact details, bank account details and PPS number.

"It is possible that this information has been accessed by a third party. However, from our investigations to date, there is nothing to suggest this happened," the memo added.

The FAI says it is working around the clock to confirm whether "unauthorised access" to data occurred.

"As would be normal with such security incidents, we would encourage you to keep an eye on your bank accounts and you may also wish to contact your bank in the event you have any concerns," added the memo.

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