RTE article Rh hotel supply barbed-wire supplies, navy supplies,rte hotel supply article The Republic of Ireland has been hit by an unprecedented cyber-attack that has disrupted banking, health care, media and government websites.
A string of computer viruses have also been detected affecting some government websites and several other organisations.
However, as of today, the cyber-attacks are now over.
The cyber-crimes were first discovered on Thursday by researchers working for cybersecurity firm Sophos.
The attackers were apparently targeting Irish banks.
The latest attack was detected by the security firm Malwarebytes and its analysis was shared on social media with a message: “Threatening the integrity of the Irish banking system and Irish people’s confidence in our country’s financial institutions is the highest priority”.
“We are now in the process of identifying the perpetrators,” said John Cavanagh, a spokesperson for the Irish government.
“We can confirm that a number of Irish banks are under threat and are currently investigating.”
This attack is in no way related to the ongoing cyber-security and financial cyber-threats.
“The attacks were first detected by Sophos on Thursday evening, shortly after the bank holiday began.
It’s not known whether the cyberattacks are connected to the recent US presidential election, but they were the first such cyber-crime reported to the security services in nearly a decade.
According to the Irish Financial Services Authority, nearly 2,000 businesses were affected in total.
The Irish Government said it has been in touch with the Irish Bankers’ Association and the Irish Securities and Investments Commission and is working with the two authorities to help address the issues.
The National Cyber Security Centre said it is working closely with its partners to assess the extent of the disruption, and will make updates as they become available.
The banking sector was hit by a cyber-assault on banks, energy companies and public bodies, but has been spared the most severe damage.
The UK’s Office for National Statistics said it was the fourth largest financial services sector in the UK, after the oil and gas sector, the financial services industry and financial services and insurance industries.
The bank sector has reported losses of more than £600 million, while the energy sector has had a profit of more a £2.4 billion.
Sophos said it will continue to monitor the cyber incidents and work with the authorities to determine the scope of the damage and to assess their impact.
However it said that this does not mean that there was no need for banks to be able to operate.”
There is a need to protect the security of these systems and for those who are trying to access them to do so with confidence,” the company said.”
It is crucial that banks are able to comply with this and are able provide security to the banking system as a whole.