In the ongoing investigation into a significant data breach involving the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), two individuals, aged 21 and 22, have been released on bail after being taken into custody. The breach had resulted in the unintentional release of sensitive information about approximately 10,000 PSNI officers and staff.
Arrest and Interrogation
The PSNI confirmed that the two men were apprehended under the Terrorism Act following a search operation in the Portadown area last Saturday. Subsequently, they were transported to the Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning.
Detective Chief Inspector Avine Kelly emphasized the force’s commitment to identifying those responsible for the breach, stating, “In order to keep communities, as well as our officers and those who serve them, safe, we continue to work toward identifying people who have information and will take steps to ensure that any criminality identified is dealt with robustly.”
Data Breach Details
The data breach, which transpired last month, occurred in response to a freedom of information request. Regrettably, it led to the inadvertent publication of sensitive information about PSNI personnel. The released information included the employees’ surnames, first initials, ranks or grades, their respective base locations, and the units they were assigned to.
Of utmost concern is the fact that the compromised data is now in the possession of dissident republicans. The breach has raised serious security issues and prompted immediate action by the PSNI to mitigate potential risks to the affected officers and staff.
As the investigation unfolds, the release of these individuals on bail signifies another step in this complex case. Authorities continue to work tirelessly to rectify the breach and prevent any further misuse of the compromised data.