Evening top 5: HSE funded healthcare centre hit by cyber attack; Private phones tapped by Gardai

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Wexford healthcare centre affected by global cyber attack

It's been confirmed that a HSE funded Healthcare Centre in Wexford has been affected by the global cyber attack.

The tech expert who stopped the attack in its tracks has identified Ireland as one of the affected countries.

Over 100 nations worldwide are working to combat the WANNACRY virus.

In Ireland, the Department of Communications has confirmed a number of Irish locations were targeted but only the Wexford incident was active and this has now been addressed.

 

17 mummies in catacombs found in Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt have found 17 mummies in catacombs in Minya province, south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced on Saturday.

The ministry said in a statement that the non-royal mummies were found in a series of corridors after following the trail of burial shafts in the Touna-Gabal district of the central Egyptian province.

They also found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic, an ancient Egyptian script, as well as a number of sarcophogi made of limestone and clay.

 

Reports gardaí tapped private phones from the late '90s

It is reported a significant number of innocent people had their phones tapped by gardaí.

The allegation was made by a former garda intelligence officer, who says it happened from the late 1990s to early 2000s.

The Irish Independent reports the ex-garda made allegations that strict protocols for placing wiretaps were sometimes ignored.

 

Teenager dies in Meath crash

A 17-year-old man has died in a single vehicle fatal road traffic crash in Meath.

Gardaí at Ballivor the incident, which happened at Port Lester at around 7.15pm Friday evening.

The 17-year-old male driver was the only occupant of the car.

He was fatally injured when the car he was driving collided with a fence. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

North Korea open to dialogue with US under certain conditions

A North Korean diplomat has said that North Korea would be open to dialogue with the US, but only under certain conditions.  

Choe Son Hui, North Korea's foreign ministry director general for U.S. affairs, made the comment to reporters in Beijing as she was traveling home from Norway. 

She said "We'll have dialogue if the conditions are there," when asked if the North was preparing to hold talks with the Trump administration.