Leisure centre alarm as database compromised

by Sylvia Pownall

GYM members’ personal information, including their bank account details, may have been accessed by hackers, it has emerged.
Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre last week sent out a security notice to members informing them that its database had been compromised.
The PSLC – whose facilities include a fully-fitted gym and a 25m swimming pool – also advised members to check their bank accounts for any sign of irregularities.
Signed Management & Committee PSLC, the notice reads: “We wish to notify you that our database has been compromised despite our efforts to keep the data secure.
“As you are aware personal information is held on this that includes bank account details if you pay for any of our services and facilities or membership by direct debit.
“Based on this we would advise you to check your bank account for any irregular or unauthorised transactions and contact your bank immediately if necessary to highlight any irregularities.
“Should it be necessary to contact us please call [number supplied]. We have informed the Gardai, and the Data Protection Commissioner of this situation. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.”
Last year, the websites of three Dublin gyms were hacked by an Islamic group. The homepages of Clondalkinleisure.com and similar facilities in Tallaght and Lucan carried a post claiming the site was targeted “Cuz We Want To Show The Reality To Da World”.
A video was also posted depicting scenes of conflict from the Middle East – with disturbing photos of children who had been wounded or killed.
The gyms are run by South Dublin County Council, and a technical team working on its behalf swiftly resolved the issue.
When contacted by this newspaper, a spokesperson for PSLC told us: “It’s a members’ issue. It’s nothing to do with The Gazette.”

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