It never rains but it pours and last night the FAI revealed that email servers at Abbottstown had been externally hacked over the weekend.
A statement issued last night said that “The Football Association of Ireland has informed both an Garda Siochana and the Data Protection Commission of the breach.
“The Association assures customers that no breach of payment details took place as such data is stored off-site. FAI ticket sales are also processed and paid for via a third party platform.”
“Email services at the Association were affected by the external attack but are now partially restored. Forensic computer scientists are on site and work is continuing to restore a full service for staff.”
The news comes amid the multiple audits and investigations taking place as a result of suggested governance irregularities and the suspension of Sport Ireland funding to the Association.
Email trails would normally be expected to form part of such investigations but it is not known whether security had been temporarily lessened to allow third parties to have access to information stored on the servers.
The most important element is that all information regarding personal details of registered players and clubs, as well as ticket buyers and other customer records appear to be unaffected.
The first major report from the Governance Review Committee established jointly by Sport Ireland and the FAI is expected to be published on Friday, June 21st.