The Irish rugby authorities were so worried about media leaks after a disastrous Rugby World Cup campaign. They used a former British military intelligence officer to look for insects they thought had been planted in their headquarters from Dublin. Those who don’t want to miss the entertainment have already bought their Rugby World Cup Tickets.
Hartnett said he let himself be caught up in Irish rugby’s internal wrangling after Ireland failed to qualify for the 2007 World Cup finals in France. A campaign that ended with an unexpected defeat from 15 to 30 against Argentina in Paris in the last group match.
Hartnett also claims that he has been invited to inform the new Irish head coach Declan Kidney. “Officially, the briefing should inform them of the dangers of information security. Officially, it was to tell him that all his enemies were not outside the walls of the IRFU HQ. ”
Hartnett, who was born in Cork County, said he had been investigating leaks after the content of a 2007 Rugby World Cup post-mortem meeting held in 2008 at the Shelbourne hotel in Dublin. Which was reported almost word for word by the Irish media. He concluded that the leak at the Shelbourne Hotel was probably due to cell phone recordings.
Hartnett says “he tested the security by easily entering their headquarters in the Ballsbridge district of Dublin by taking an electronic ID card and then returning to the building via its underground car park. The former anti-terrorism officer said he was able to go directly into the IRFU’s director general’s office and search Browne’s files.”
After releasing his safety report, Hartnett said he addressed the IRFU board members, telling them that the next leak will be investigated thoroughly. “Before the meeting started I had walked all my day’s room and if someone turns on a cell phone, I’ll know it.”
A spokesman for the IRFU said Hartnett had “fictitiously” their relationship with a trustworthy and credible risk assessment company. IRFU approached RMI to “conduct a comprehensive risk assessment of the newly occupied IRFU Headquarters building, the computer systems, hotel rooms, meeting rooms used by the Irish team and the IRFU “.
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