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Hacker digs in private mails

Date: February 05, 2007

A probe was under way yesterday after a computer hacker gained access to the personal email of Ulster jail boss Robin Maysfield.

Sunday Life can reveal the investigation was launched after it emerged a private memo from the Northern Ireland Prison Service chief was circulated around Maghaberry jail last month.

The email - which is believed to have included criticism of Prison Officers Association chairman Finlay Spratt - was initially sent to one of Mr Maysfield's senior colleagues.

But it was later accessed by the hacker and distributed to prison officers at the top-security jail.

Sunday Life understands that any staff member caught in possession of the email faces immediate suspension.

A senior source at the jail said that the email had caused "serious embarrassment" to prison bosses.
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