Gardaí forced to shut down IT structure following system hack

Details are continuing to emerge about the attack

An Garda Síochána was forced to shut down several internal computer systems last week following a hacking attack. Members of the Computer Crime Investigation Unit (CCIU) are now working to determine if the attack came from inside or outside of Ireland. 

A spokesperson for the gardaí has said that no data was compromised and the hackers did not access the Pulse system. It is unclear how quickly the hack was identified. 

“Heightened security procedures were implemented and standard protocols were enforced across all garda information and communications technology environments to limit any effect on our systems. Working with security experts the threat was identified and an appropriate solution was implemented across all An Garda Siochana ICT systems,” a statement said.

This is the latest in a string of cyberattacks, which in recent months have impacted the National Lottery and forum site Boards.ie.

Mark Toland, Deputy Chief Inspector with the Garda Inspectorate, has said that Ireland is not prepared for serious cybercrime offences. The inspectorate has expressed the need for a dedicated cybercrime unit, which will enable gardaí to tackle cyberattacks and enhance online security systems.