What can we learn from the HSE and Department of Health ransomware attacks?

Ireland appeared to be shaken to the core by the recent cyberattack on HSE and the Department of Health, but once past the initial shock, is it time for an in-depth look at the Irish cybersecurity infrastructure and whether such attacks could not have been anticipated, detected or prevented. In 2017 the National Health Service … More What can we learn from the HSE and Department of Health ransomware attacks?

Hacking and targeted cyber-attacks as a result of anti-competitive practices in business

In ongoing consultations with clients, large companies named targeted attacks and hacking as two of their biggest security challenges since they can seriously impact the continuity of business activities in an organization. Attackers have many means to infiltrate companies. However, many attacks, don’t require a very high level of technological sophistication. Instead, techniques like targeted social … More Hacking and targeted cyber-attacks as a result of anti-competitive practices in business

NHS warned to act now to keep hackers at bay

Outdated computer systems, underinvestment in cybersecurity, and a shortage of cybersecurity awareness and skills impact the organization’s cyber-resilience and conspire to put it in the firing line of cyberattacks. Two years after being badly hobbled by the WannaCryptor outbreak, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) still has a lot of work to do to avoid … More NHS warned to act now to keep hackers at bay

Irish, US and UK government websites hijacked to mine cryptocurrency on visitors’ machines

“Thousands of websites, including ones run by Irish, US and UK government agencies, were infected for several hours on Sunday with code that causes web browsers to secretly mine digital currencies,” the Irish Times reported. According to them, the Health Service Executive, the Oireachtas, Safefood and some county councils were among the affected. The US courts’ … More Irish, US and UK government websites hijacked to mine cryptocurrency on visitors’ machines

WannaCry: The Aftermath

Malware targets out-of-date software causing a global outcry and the emails issued to support customers who may have been targeted look suspiciously like phishing emails. Recently WannaCry ransomware targeted computers running Microsoft Windows operating system, by encrypting data and demanding a ransom payment. The digital attack spread across systems that had not updated with recent … More WannaCry: The Aftermath