Shane Ross, writing in today’s Sunday Independent, points out that the FAS internal notice board has been closed. Back in November we highlighted the existence of referral traffic from an internal FAS bulletin board, with traffic coming to this blog. Emphasis mine:
It seems that tensions had been running so high at FAS that the rules were being breached by the bucketful. Staff morale has plunged after the barrage of revelations at the agency. The internet board had become a treasure trove for messages of abuse.
Some senior staff recognised themselves in some of the anonymous messages, even if they were not named. They freaked out and made formal complaints.
At least one fun-loving outsider tried to break into the staff intranet board. According to FAS, “an external internet blog posted the internal address of the bulletin board pages and sought access”. FAS proudly declares that it became aware of the attempted breach and stopped the rot.
An all-time first for FAS.
Sources at FAS say the site was used as a tool to snipe at those who had been promoted and was an outlet for jealousies.
We would like to point that we never attempted to “gain access” in the somewhat illegal way this has been portrayed.