An Irish policeman’s email blunder led to the spectacular leak of a sensitive conference call between the FBI and Scotland Yard.
According to AP, a teenager linked to the Lulz Security group of hackers was able to eavesdrop on the call after an unnamed officer with Ireland’s national police force forwarded a work message to his insecure personal email account.
Details of the hack have turned up in a New York Court case. The FBI’s Timothy Lauster emailed the Irish policeman to invite him along with dozens of law enforcement officers from across Europe and the United States to coordinate their efforts against LulzSec. But 19-year-old Donncha O’Cearrbhail intercepted the email and used the information in it to access and secretly record the January 17 call. It was later broadcast across the internet.
O’Cearrbhail was charged with one count of computer hacking conspiracy, and one count of intentionally disclosing an unlawfully intercepted wire communication.
He was one of five charged in a multinational operation targeting hackers linked to LulzSec. A spokesman for the Garda Siochana refused to comment either on the details of the O’Cearrbhail charge or on the nature of the email blunder.
The cop which made the blunder could be either Paul Gillen and Colm Gallagher and neither is saying anything to the media.