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Gardaí insist no data was compromised during attack on IT systems

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 08/08/2016 | 18:58

The term ‘zero-day’ refers to the amount of time the software’s author has to mitigate the damage caused by the malware. Stock Image
The term ‘zero-day’ refers to the amount of time the software’s author has to mitigate the damage caused by the malware. Stock Image

Gardaí have confirmed that normal service has been restored after a malicious cyber attack on their internal network.

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The 'zero-day' malware threat was identified on Thursday, August 4.

The attempted hack caused significant disruption, as access to certain ICT (information and communications technology) systems was temporarily removed for all users of An Garda Síochána.

“Any security risks to the Garda ICT systems are treated with the highest importance and standard security protocols are implemented,” a Garda spokesperson said.

Read More: What is zero-day malware?

The spokesperson added that an “appropriate solution” was implemented following the identification of the threat.

Normal service was restored on Monday, and “heightened security measures” have been put in place.

The spokesperson reiterated that no data was compromised during the attack, and that neither the Garda Pulse system, where intelligence reports and personal information about victims of crime are stored, nor the Garda website were affected.

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