Hackers launched an attack on the Garda Siochana (Irish Police) Computer Systems last week that forced the shut down a number of internal systems in an attempt to prevent sensitive data from being compromised.
Gardai has identified the breach as a “zero-day” malware threat- a software vulnerability that can be used to affect and exploit computer programs, data, and networks. It is, however, not known if an Irish or international hacker or a group of hackers are behind the incident.
“Heightening security, protocols were then enforced across the ICT system “to limit any effect on our systems”, a spokesperson said. “Working with security experts the threat was identified and an appropriate solution was implemented across all Garda Siochana ICT systems. An Garda Siochana are continuing our investigation into the incident”, he added.
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Gardai have said that no data was compromised during the security threat, and that the Pulse system and the garda website were not affected either.
The gardai’s IT systems have been criticised in recent times by the
Garda Inspectorate, with the independent body saying systems were
decades out of date. A 2015 report stressed on major upgrades within the garda IT system.