The creator of the Football Leaks website, Rui Pinto, will have had access to approximately 3,000 folders in the alleged IT attack on the PLMJ law firm in late 2018, according to the former law firm’s IT director.
Heard as a witness at the 33rd session of the trial, at the Central Criminal Court of Lisbon, after an interregnum of almost two and a half months due to the pandemic of covid-19, Ricardo Negrão highlighted the “impact” of the intrusion in the PLMJ systems and assumed that the investigation conducted was unable to assess the full extent of the data that may have been allegedly consulted by the defendant.
“We detected that several mailboxes had been accessed inappropriately. Maybe 25, including mine. A vast array of computers had been identified. We were not able to be sure what was taken out of the approximately 3,000 folders, but there were a set of 120 files that were accessed. [As pastas] they would have more than 10,000 files, but I don’t have the number present ”, he said.
Among the 120 files proven to be viewed, Ricardo Negrão revealed that they would be documents in state secrecy, alluding to the case of the former spy Jorge Silva Carvalho. However, he explained that the surveys carried out did not allow attributing the authorship of the accesses to a specific person. “The only thing we were able to ascertain is that the credentials of the [técnico] external. Associate them with a person? We didn’t make it, ”he admitted.
In an inquiry conducted by the public prosecutor, Marta Viegas, the former PLMJ chief information officer confirmed that the ‘gateway’ to the system was through “a ‘phishing email’” sent to lawyer Paula Martinho da Silva , who then referred him to the computer support, where the external technician Luís Fernandes would end up inserting his access credentials that allowed the intrusion.
The session continues in the afternoon, with Ricardo Negrão’s hearing continuing.
Rui Pinto, 32, is responsible for a total of 90 crimes: 68 of undue access, 14 of violation of correspondence, six of illegitimate access, targeting entities such as Sporting, Doyen, the PLMJ law firm, the Portuguese Federation of Football (FPF) and the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), and also for computer sabotage to Sporting’s SAD and for extortion, in the attempted form. This last crime concerns Doyen and was also what led to the pronunciation of the lawyer Aníbal Pinto.
The creator of Football Leaks has been free since August 7, “due to his collaboration” with the Judiciary Police (PJ) and his “critical sense”, but is, for security reasons, inserted in the protection program of witnesses in an undisclosed location and under police protection.