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# Cyber Security

Last month
May 2023
# scammers
Fraudsters impersonating gardaí target schools with scam emails
Some scammers have even sent fraudulent emails in Irish.
This year
2023
THE MORNING LEAD
TikTok lobbied Govt on security issues weeks before advice not to use app on official phones
A report by
Stephen McDermott
The company addressed what it described as “heightened interest” in the app’s security.
National Cyber Security Centre issued advice to Government departments last week.
Newly released correspondence shows TikTok wanted to "ensure that the government can be confident" with the company's policies and processes
# Cyber Security
National Cyber Security Centre tells Government departments to avoid TikTok on official devices
Several countries have banned public sector employees from using the app on work devices in recent months.
# Robert Watt
Donnelly found out 'yesterday' that Robert Watt tried to email him about Holohan secondment
He said that he handed his phone and laptop over for a week due to a “security issue”.
# Cyber Security
Virgin Media TV won't be able to air some shows after attempted hack
The network said that it expects to resume normal programming in the coming days.
# Cyber Security
More than 200 cyber attacks with theft of personal data reported to Irish authorities in a year
Data Protection Commission investigators are examining the reports in keeping with the GDPR reporting laws.
THE MORNING LEAD
Warnings were issued over a log-in system used by Cork university in weeks before cyber attack
A report by
Niall O'Connor
MTU has not confirmed the cause of the attack.
Although no link between the hack and the warnings has been confirmed, alarms were raised globally on 31 January and 6 February - and in Ireland on 7 February.
MTU says it has not commented on the root cause of the attack.
Last year
2022
# Cyber Security
National Cyber Security Centre carries out mock attack on nation's energy infrastructure system
Gardai, the Defence Forces and several Government departments were among several bodies to take part in the exercise.
# Ransomware
National cyber security centre join forces with international teams to fight ransomware hackers
The meeting in the White House in Washington DC was attended by the States cyber security officials.
# Cyber Security
Cyber chief: Hacktivism and espionage being monitored across Europe by online national security
Beyond the more high profile ransomware attacks, Richard Browne of NCSC said, there is hacktivism and espionage across Europe.
# Cyber Security
Whistleblower tells US congress Twitter is ‘plagued by weak cyber defences’
Peiter ‘Mudge’ Zatko told congress that Twitter is “misleading the public, lawmakers” and regulators.
# Cyber Attack
Urgent security warning issued as hackers shift ransomware attacks to small businesses
There has been a steady increase in ransomware attacks by cyber thieves in recent months.
# Defence Forces
Ex IBM manager: Pay, political neglect and public indifference all to blame for cyber failings
Paul Farrell retired as IBM Ireland’s General Manager last year but also was an officer in the Irish Defence Forces
# Cyber Security
‘Low’ threat of direct cyber attack on Ireland, says top official
But Richard Browne told politicians today that the threat from cyber crime against the state is ‘high’.
# Cyber Security
Ireland faces increased cyber attack threat following Ukraine invasion, says Coveney
The Foreign Affairs minister also indicated that Ireland is currently preparing to send defence equipment to Ukraine.
Voices
Opinion: Ireland needs to engage in closer co-operation with the EU on cybercrime
The Fianna Fáil senator says we need to make sure Ireland is equipped to deal with future cyber attacks.
All time
# Cyber Security
Use of Windows 7 computers 'not the sole reason' for HSE cyber attack, committee hears
Minister of State Ossian Smyth spoke to members of an Oireachtas Committee earlier today.
# Cyber Security
GSOC finds IT security 'vulnerability' following cyber warning
The garda watchdog found the security threat after a “general advisory” was issued.
# Cyber Security
Major investment and increase in staff at National Cyber Security Centre
An increase in the NCSC will see it rise by €2.5m for 2022.
# Cyber Safety
Survey reveals more than 40% of children are talking to strangers online
Children in schools in disadvantaged areas were 29% more likely to talk to strangers every day.
# Cyber Security
Huawei continues to grow in Ireland while countries like the US and Australia are trying to keep it out
While countries around the world raise security concerns, Ireland remains silent when it comes to the phone manufacturer.
# messenger kids
Facebook flaw allowed thousands of children to join chats with people not approved by parents
The social network said it has been shutting down the group chats involved.
# TalkTalk
Hacker behind TalkTalk cyber attack sentenced to 4 years in youth detention centre
The attack cost the company €86.3 million after the personal details of 157,000 customers were stolen.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you use the same password for all your online accounts?
The Data Protection Commission launched a statutory inquiry into Facebook’s password storage.
# Security Breach
Facebook admits its staff had access to millions of users' passwords
It said the passwords were stored in plain text on its internal servers.
# Cyber Security
'An issue of national importance': Public consultation opens on new national cyber security strategy
Interested parties have 30 working days to make their submissions.
# Google
Google and Facebook 'worried' about 'bad actors' spreading fake news during European elections
“While the vast majority of ads on Facebook are run by legitimate organisations, we know that there are bad actors that try to misuse our platform,” Facebook said.
# Online threats
Mandatory security requirements introduced to protect companies against cyber attacks
The requirements will apply to service providers in sectors such as digital communications, transport, drinking water supply and healthcare.
# Cyber Security
New hacking attempt on US Democratic Party
The incident occurred just three months before elections take place in the US.
# Security
Ticketmaster warns Irish customers may have been affected by data breach
People who purchased, or attempted to purchase, tickets between February and 23 June 2018 could be at risk.
# Data Breach
Dixons Carphone yet to determine if Irish customers affected by major cyber attack
The attack attempted to compromise 5.9 million customer payment cards.
# Data Breach
Explainer: What is Cambridge Analytica? The firm at the heart of Facebook's alleged data breach
The communication firm is accused of stealing information from 50 million Facebook users’ profiles.
# Internet Safety
Denis Naughten says banning children from the internet 'isn't practical'
The government is moving towards appointing a Digital Safety Commissioner.
# Cyber Attack
Apple confirms all Mac and iOS devices affected by Meltdown and Spectre security flaws
The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities could allow hackers to access sensitive data on most computers.
# Cyber Security
People being warned to check systems as Intel reveals 'serious flaws' in its computer chips
Researchers said any fix for the bug could slow computers down by 30% or more.
# citypost
Vigilante cybersecurity expert targets Dublin firm
Citypost said that it would temporarily take down its site in response to concerns raised.
# Security Breach
PSNI launches investigation after private image of female officer shared online
It is not yet clear how the image ended up on social media websites.
# Cyber Security
Most people at risk of fraud or hacking through messaging apps, researchers say
Only 14% of people studied were securing their messaging apps properly.
# Surveillance
Trump's national security team to be quizzed over Russian influence on election
Former FBI Director James Comey is set to testify before a Senate panel tomorrow.
# think before you click
There have been lots of cyber attacks on State websites that the public aren't even aware of
There have been calls for the Garda cyber crime unit to be beefed up.