Wednesday 24 May 2017

If this man wanted to blow up Dublin ... he could

The attacks on the CAO website show how vulnerable we are to cyber war, writes Bill Tyson

Extra stress was piled on tens of thousands of hopeful students this week when the CAO website was crippled in multiple cyber attacks. Over the weekend hackers flooded the site -- which allots university places -- with so much data it had to shut down.

Another attack then followed, which triggered the unrequested issuing of 22,000 new passwords to applicants.

The CAO insists that the new passwords are safe to use and it is still on track to process this year's applications.

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