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# Cybercrime

This year
Over 100 arrested in international effort to shut down cybercrime marketplace
The website sold hackers the identities of over two million people for less than €1 each.
US shuts down global ransomware group Hive after international operation
An Garda Síochána assisted with the operation.
Last year
Gardaí arrest six as part of major international investigation of fraud phonecalls
The global investigation involved searches in Dublin, Louth and Meath.
Two arrested in Cork as part of ongoing investigation into transnational cybercrime
Gardaí have been liaising with the FBI in recent months for the purpose of targeting the activities of cybercriminals.
All time
Europol reports several high-profile targets were caught in a major dark-web bust
Europe’s policing agency said the alleged operator’s arrest provided a ‘trove of evidence’
Explainer: What is a decryption tool and why would hackers hand it over without receiving a ransom?
The government has stated “categorically” that no ransom has been paid.
Ex-Argentina attacker Lavezzi makes sex tape blackmail complaint
The former Napoli star says he received messages demanding $5,000 for each image.
Gardaí cut backlog of child sex abuse case analysis in half, but long delays remain
At one stage, it could take five years before gardaí would get to a case because of the volume of material for analysis.
Goodbye cat burglar, hello drone burglar: Here's what crime will look like in future
From data theft to using remote-controlled flying machines.
Businesses warned to vigilant as over €700,000 lost in the past month from invoice fraud
Gardaí said today that there had been numerous attempts by scammers to carry out invoice redirect fraud on businesses.
Just 29 gardaí tasked with tackling cybercrime despite surge in internet attacks
New survey found 44% of Irish organisations suffered an attack last year compared to just 25% in 2012.
Live streaming of child sexual abuse on the rise
Cyber crime investigators have also noticed a rise in so-called “revenge porn”.
"Change your password now" - What to do if you have a Yahoo account
Experts say beefing up your security is the only way to protect yourself from a potential attack.
This Irish college is tackling a major problem with cybercrime
A talent gap exists in the area and IT Carlow claims to have the first Irish course dedicated to tackling it.
How a group of hackers and traders made $100 million - using press releases
The story of “one of the most intricate and sophisticated trading rings” in history.
Scientists are on the cusp of these 11 discoveries that will transform the world
Many of the devices that power our everyday lives would have been unimaginable a century ago.
The Government is thinking up new ways to stop you from being hacked
Experts say the public needs protection against ‘petty’ cybercrimes.
The Grafton Barber is now an 'Islamic State' target, apparently
Their website has been hacked by ‘supporters’.
Irish banks 'targeted' in cyber-heist crime spree worth millions
Banks across the world were allegedly hacked over a two-year period.
Hacker who demanded Bitcoin from banks jailed for blackmail and child pornography
Lewys Martin was sentenced to over four years in prison.
The state has asked Twitter to block 13 accounts in Ireland this year...
…and Twitter has refused.
Hacker-turned-informer spared more prison time
Hector Xavier Monsegur, known as Sabu, taught the US government about the inner workings of hacking collectives like Anonymous.
The FBI is having problems hiring hackers who don't smoke weed
The agency is considering loosening the policy which prevents it from hiring anyone who has smoked marijuana in the previous three years.
Cyberwars: The United States has charged five Chinese military hackers
The FBI’s Bob Anderson Jr., described the charges as ‘the new normal’.
Thieves break into bank, hack into computers and steal over £1.25 million...but get caught
The gang members carried out a number sophisticated cyber attacks on banks in London
UK Cyber-crime unit issues urgent "ransomware" warning
The virus locks a users computer until a ransom of nearly €650 has been paid.
Adobe security breach much worse than originally feared
An attack by hackers had been initially estimated to affect three million customers but it is now believe 38 million accounts have been compromised.
Companies lose 2.7 per cent of their yearly turnover due to cyber crime
Nearly one in five surveyed companies were victims of hacking in the last year, with the average incident costing up to €30,000 to clean up.
Calls for Ireland to ratify international convention against cybercrime
The Immigrant Council of Ireland says ratification would ensure safe and responsible use of the internet in Ireland.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
Teenager released without charge in investigation into LulzSec hacking
The 19-year-old had been arrested and held at a station in Dublin as part of a global investigation into computer hacking.
Teenagers arrested over Fine Gael site hacking
The party’s website was hacked in January, compromising the personal details of around 2,000 people.
New cybercrime fighting centre opens in Dublin
A new project at UCD will develop systems to train cybercrime police officers around the world. Twenty new jobs are being created as a result.