Editorial: HSE attack shows the state must get serious on cybercrime

The assault on the Health Service Executive’s data systems wasn’t the first of its kind, and it won’t be the last

16th May, 2021
Editorial: HSE attack shows the state must get serious on cybercrime
A screenshot of the hackers’ message on the Conti group’s website: the ransomware attack on the HSE’s systems in the early hours of Friday showed that the risks posed by cybercriminals are immense.

Year after year, the government conducts a national risk assessment which outlines a host of strategic threats to the safety and security of Ireland. Every year, there is a thread throughout its sections on geopolitical, economic, social, environmental and technological risks that warn about cybersecurity threats.

It is blunt in its assessment that as Ireland and the world becomes increasingly digitised the risks around cybersecurity “including potential disruption to critical information infrastructure, data fraud and...

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