One of The Park’s oldest and largest Data Trees has been hacked, according to Park Police.
In a statement issued at ten o’clock this morning, Chief Inspector Maurice Addax of the Park Police’s Specist and Hate Crimes Unit (SHCU) confirmed that his team is investigating the “extensive damage” to the tree that is estimated to have occurred between midnight and seven o’clock this morning.
The Oak Tree, which is believed to be at least 70 years old, was last visited at eleven o’clock last night by Sierpinski Squirrel, Chief Financial Officer of A. Corn and Partners.
“We keep a lot of our raw data in that particular tree,” said the Squirrel, whose company has held long-term leases on several Park trees since 2004.
The Squirrel said he was at the tree “no more than five minutes,” which was enough time for him to check on his stored data.
“It was all there when I arrived and it was all there when I left,” he said.
But this morning, the Squirrel was shocked when Police arrived at his office to tell him that it no longer was there.
“None of it,” said Squirrel, who is now facing the daunting task of informing his clients that their information — and their savings — have been compromised.
Although Chief Inspector Addax would not reveal details of either the evidence or the investigation, he did confirm in a telephone interview this morning that he had spoken with Inspector Antonia T. Fossa of the Interspecial Investigations Unit (IIU), an independent division of the SHCU, and that she had agreed to lend some of her unit members to the investigation.