A company which provided data retrieval services for Independent News and Media (INM) has denied any wrongdoing following coverage of allegations of a data breach at the newspaper publisher.
Trusted Data Solutions, which has headquarters in New York and Cardiff, said recent media reports in Ireland regarding its role were "irresponsible and materially false and misleading."
The company said it was engaged to provide data restoration services to INM in Dublin and later in at its office in Wales.
It said it "restored data from INM backup tapes and returned the data and the tapes and had no further role in the matter."
It said it always adhered to "strict data protection and security protocols" and "never released data to any third party."
It added it had a well earned reputation for providing highly secure and reliable services to clients and any suggestion to the contrary would be met with "full force of the law".
Last week the High Court heard allegations of a data breach at INM in 2014 contained in an affidavit from the Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE).
A senior counsel representing the ODCE said that the affidavit alleged that invoices related to the examination of data had been discharged by a company beneficially owned by Denis O'Brien.
Mr O'Brien is Independent News and Media's largest shareholder.
He has complained the Director of Corporate Enforcement had allegedly leaked damaging information about him.
Mr O'Brien said that he been subjected to extraordinary levels of media coverage which had suggested wrongdoing.
The Director of Corporate Enforcement, Ian Drennan, has denied leaking the information.