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Garda chief sparks fear of data hack over emails

Published 22/11/2016 | 02:30

Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photo: Arthur Carron
Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photo: Arthur Carron

Gardai are trawling through six years of Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan's emails in a bid to ensure her private account has not been hacked, the Irish Independent understands.

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No evidence has been found that her account was hacked. However, there is a concern that her Gmail username and password may have been among millions stolen and placed for sale on the internet.

The Garda chief has admitted using the Google service because her official Garda email was too restrictive.

She said it was necessary to use a private email address "occasionally" to ensure Garda business was "discharged effectively".

IT experts are investigating whether her Gmail details were among the data belonging to over 68 million people that was stolen from data storage firm Dropbox in 2012.

In a statement, gardaí said they were satisfied the Commissioner's systems "are secure and there is no evidence that they have been compromised".

"The Commissioner takes all recommended security measures when using Gmail."

Irish Independent

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