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Garda introducing heightened security after cyber attack

Published 08/08/2016

A general view of the Garda Headquarters in Dublin on the day the two final reports of the Morris tribunal into alligations of Garda Corruption in Donegal, which were published today.
A general view of the Garda Headquarters in Dublin on the day the two final reports of the Morris tribunal into alligations of Garda Corruption in Donegal, which were published today.

Irish police are implementing "heightened security measures" after a cyber attack on their computer systems.

The Garda said a lengthy shutdown of some systems inside the force sparked by the discovery of the security threat ended on Monday.

However, an investigation is continuing into the identity of the external source behind the attempted hack.

Garda chiefs revealed last Thursday that a new strain of malware had been found on their systems.

They stressed that no data was compromised and that Pulse - the force's main database - and the Garda website were not affected.

"Working with security experts the threat was identified and an appropriate solution was implemented across all Garda ICT systems," a spokesman at Garda headquarters said.

"An Garda Siochana can confirm that normal service to Garda systems was restored today.

"As a precaution, heightened security measures have been put in place."

All users inside the force were denied access to certain systems for four days after the discovery of the security threat.

"Any security risks to the Garda ICT systems are treated with the highest importance and standard security protocols are implemented," the spokesman added.

The Garda Computer Crime Unit is continuing its investigation into the incident.

The malware involved was referred to as "zero day", meaning it was not previously known.

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