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Irish National Police Closes its IT Systems for Preventing Cyber Assaults


Irish police recently conducted an investigation because a hacker tried infiltrating its PC-network, compelling the public service to tentatively switch off its computers so data belonging to personnel as well as the general public remained secured. The Irish police, named 'An Garda Siochana' are yet to find the culprit, however, claims the hack has neither affected the police department's website nor the database of 'Pulse' police.

Computer experts on behalf of Garda assert the hack involved one fresh malware sample not seen before. According to Garda officials, no information on their servers was compromised, which was possible via closing their targeted PC even before data could be sent out.

The servers of Irish National Police hold data concerning investigations still going on, the common people, and staff members similar as with any other agency that enforces law and order.

According to a Garda spokesperson, security procedures of a high level were enforced while usual protocols too were implemented all over the Garda IT systems for mitigating any impact on the police's systems. And as Garda joined security experts they managed identifying the threat while a suitable solution was arrived at for all the IT systems of Garda Siochana.

Additionally the spokesperson of Garda Siochana said that it was continuing the probe of the incident. Consequently, the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation's Computer Crime Unit was trying to find the malware's origin. Ibtimes.co.uk posted this, August 8, 2016.

In the meantime during March 2015, top Garda officials had cautioned of overwhelming cyber attacks inside Garda. The Irish Times reports that according to Derek Byrne, assistant commissioner of Garda, cyber-crime grows very fast and newer processes and methods are invented for spreading infection.

Byrne adds that at times people don't know that cyber-criminals are using open networks as well as that crime related networks accumulated are aimed at infecting and compromising their computers.

No person has yet been suspected of carrying out the attack. According to Irish police, the cyber attack couldn't compromise any sensitive data. Moreover, RTE the Irish broadcaster concludes that malicious software that disrupts police systems could be rare however, not exceptional.

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