Thursday 20 June 2019

FAI faces wait for full details of cyber attack

 

UEFA’s finance director, Josef Koller, is due in Ireland in the coming weeks to assess the extent of the FAI’s cashflow problems. Photo: Paul Murphy - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images
UEFA’s finance director, Josef Koller, is due in Ireland in the coming weeks to assess the extent of the FAI’s cashflow problems. Photo: Paul Murphy - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

High-ranking FAI officials believe it could be another couple of weeks before the full consequences of the cyber attack on the association become clear.

Forensic scientists are still working to establish the extent of the damage caused by the hacking of its email servers.

It has emerged that experts from KPMG have been called in to help the FAI with its enquiries into the latest storm to engulf the football body.

They join the list of big firms who have staff assigned to troubleshooting in Abbotstown.

Mazars, Grant Thornton, KOSI and Deloitte are looking into various elements of the financial affairs arising from a troubled period.

The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) has initiated legal proceedings with regard to matters at the FAI. And Uefa's finance director, Josef Koller, is due in Ireland in the coming weeks to assess the extent of the FAI's cashflow problems.

The cyber attack has presented a fresh headache, with disruption on the payroll server raising fears that sensitive information could have been compromised.

Professional services firm KPMG has a department that specialises in the area of cyber security.

On its website, it lists the options it offers.

They include "rapid response teams to ensure the rapid preservation of data for evidential purposes".

KPMG can also provide "advanced digital forensic capability to interpret large data sets, deleted or ephemeral data in order to prove a chain of events".

Additionally, it says it can assist with "investigation into and reporting on cyber attacks".

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