Thursday 21 September 2017

Is Ireland wide open to a serious cyber attack?

December's high profile attack on Sony has put online threats on the agenda of national authorities that might have previously seen it as a distant concern
December's high profile attack on Sony has put online threats on the agenda of national authorities that might have previously seen it as a distant concern
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

How vulnerable is Ireland to a serious cyber attack? What is the likelihood of one occurring here?

In 2011, some people sniggered when two Dublin students hacked the Fine Gael website. But is a more serious attack on Ireland likely? And even if critical public services are not under significant threat, how much should Ireland be doing to help prevent attacks on high profile targets located here, such as banks or multinational tech firms?

Governments and big corporations have been on heightened alert against cyber attacks in the last six months. December's high profile attack on Sony - a breach that exposed thousands of sensitive documents and which was blamed on North Korean hackers - has put online threats on the agenda of national authorities that might have previously seen it as a distant concern.

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