Saturday 18 November 2017

Councillor forced to remove Facebook page after hackers' 'threat to post doctored lewd images'

Fianna Fáil councillor Ed O'Brien
Fianna Fáil councillor Ed O'Brien

Hayley Halpin

A South Dublin County Councillor has allegedly received threats to publish doctored lewd images on his Facebook page following a hacking incident.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Ed O’Brien took to his social media page on Friday afternoon to announce that, due to a hacking of his account and illegal activity, he was temporarily taking his page down.

As of now, the Facebook page remains online but no posts have been published by Cllr O’Brien since his announcement.

"Threats to put doctored lewd images on my page unless I pay sizable sums of money to an account have forced this action," he wrote.

Appointed as a Fianna Fáil Councillor in 2013, Cllr O'Brien serves the Lucan and Palmerstown area on the South Dublin County Council. He also works as a solicitor in the local area.

Cllr O'Brien said he has reported the issue to local gardaí in Lucan and it is currently under investigation.

"The matter is being investigated by the local Gardaí and I thank them for their assistance this morning," the councillor wrote.

He also advised social media users "to be vigilant in accepting friend requests from persons unknown to you even if they have shared friends or contacts."

He noted in the post that he looks forward to engaging with his Facebook again once he has created a new page.

Cllr O’Brien was contacted by Independent.ie but declined to comment on the matter.

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