Garda caught with his pants down following online striptease
GARDAI are examining the emergence of an online video showing a serving officer in uniform doing a full strip before touching his private parts.
In the clip, posted publicly on at least one social media account on Thursday, the officer can be seen removing his uniform-issued shirt and tie before panning the camera down to his crotch.
He then focuses in on his boxer shorts before also removing these and touching his private parts.
The Sunday World understands the officer later informed friends on his social media account that he had been “hacked” through a named party on an unrelated social media account.
The Sunday World is not naming the officer or showing his face to protect his privacy.
A source confirmed to the Sunday World that the officer’s superiors had become aware of the existence of the video on Thursday.
As the video has now made its way into the public domain, it will be examined to see whether the officer involved has been the victim of a criminal hack.
The Sunday World also understands the video will be examined to determine whether the fact the officer is wearing a Garda uniform in the clip constitutes a breach of internal disciplinary protocols.
The location at which the video was recorded is significant as regulations pertaining to the wearing of an An Garda Síochána uniform apply to uniforms worn in a public place.
The emergence of the video comes a week after we revealed how an unrelated Garda email had been contained in a dump of millions of emails linked to the hack on cheat site Ashley Madison.
On Thursday Noel Biderman, the CEO of Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life Media, stepped down in the wake of the massive hack on the infidelity website.
Last week, hackers dumped a database of stolen personal information for up to 37 million users of the extramarital dating site.
Lawsuits against the company have begun proliferating, alleging that the company failed to adequately protect its users’ data.
The hack also revealed internal emails between Biderman and other company officials that indicated Ashley Madison had hacked a competitor’s networks.
According to Avid Life Media, the company will continue to operate its dating sites, including Ashley Madison.
It indicated that it will be led by its current senior management team until it selects a new CEO.
Some analysts doubt the company will be able to survive in the wake the attack. At least five class action suits in the U.S. and Canada have already been filed, one of which seeks $578million in damages.
Experts believe that the legal case against the company is strong.
Last night, a Garda spokesman refused to comment on the controversy.
“In response to your query, An Garda Síochána do not comment on internal disciplinary matters. In accordance with An Garda Síochána’s policy on the Use of Social Media, no posting should be construed as to bring An Garda Síochána into disrepute,” the spokesman said.