Sunday, February 9, 2014

TSCM Find - Police Ombudsman Headquarters' Conference Room & Wi-Fi Bugged

Ireland - The headquarters of the Garda Ombudsman Commission has reportedly been targeted by a secret bugging operation. 

According to a report in today's Sunday Times, the watchdog's phone and internet were compromised in a highly sophisticated hacking incident...

The spying operation was uncovered when the Ombudsman hired security consultants to investigate whether its office had been bugged.
The investigation found that a phone in a meeting room had been rigged to eavesdrop on confidential conversations.

The room was used to hold case conferences related to investigations being carried out by the commission.

The Wi-Fi network at the Garda Ombudsman office had also been hacked - allowing emails and confidential material to be intercepted. (more)

Mr Shatter has asked the Commission for a report on its decision to hire a British Security company last year to investigate if it had been placed under electronic surveillance.

A source within GSOC has confirmed to RTÉ that the company told it that it had found evidence of electronic surveillance in one of its meeting rooms and that its wi-fi system may have been compromised. (more)