HSE hackers: A sinister journey into the heart of the dark web  

The health service is gearing up for a seismic aftershock should the gang deliver on its threat tomorrow. And there is little the Gardaí can do to stop them

Screenshots of the cartel’s ransom demands to the HSE, reproduced here, surfaced within days of the attack

Maeve Sheehan

The journey to the dark side of the internet begins with a few clicks of the mouse and battery of armour to repel passing cyber nasties. You cross over through a dangerous portal — and on the other side a myriad of nightmarish rabbit holes await, beckoning visitors to burrow down into the maze.