26 Sept 2022

Gardaí make major strides in fighting HSE cyber attackers

Gardaí make major strides in fighting HSE cyber attackers

Gardaí make major strides in fighting HSE cyber attackers

Gardaí have made significant strides in tackling cyber crime and the hackers that targeted the HSE earlier this year.

A significant disruption operation targeted the IT infrastructure of the cyber crime group and was conducted by the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau.

They have seized several domains used in ransomware attacks.

The seizure of these domains from the grasp of the Cyber Crime group has directly prevented a large number of further Ransomware Attacks across the world, gardaí have said.

GNCCB have subsequently deployed a ‘splash screen’ onto the seized domains in order to notify any potential victims of the likelihood that their system has become compromised by Ransomware. This will enable them to take appropriate security measures. The pop-up warning from An Garda Síochána will appear if you click a dubious link aimed at scamming you.

A process has also commenced between the Garda Síochána and their Law enforcement partners at Europol and Interpol, to provide the details of the visiting URLs to the member countries to ensure that the infected systems are appropriately decontaminated.

"This is a crime prevention operation and to date a total of 753 attempts were made by ICT systems across the world to connect to the seized domains," a garda statement read.

"In each instance, the seizure of these domains by the GNCCB investigation team is likely to have prevented a Ransomware Attack on the connecting ICT system, by rendering the initially deployed Malware on the victims system, as ineffective."

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