Saturday September 19, 2020

Analysis: Why Ireland is such an attractive target for hackers from China, Russia and North Korea

The state’s National Cyber Security Centre is constantly dealing with suspected attacks and urgently needs more resources

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

14th September, 2020
‘The great powers are using Ireland as a playground. We are a big target because of the intellectual properties of the tech companies in Dublin and the big pharma companies in Cork.’ Picture: Getty

Ireland is an attractive target for hackers because it hosts Big Tech firms like Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google, as well as 53 large data centres.

Many of these hackers are linked to countries such as China, Russia, North Korea and Iran. It is very difficult to establish if they are sole traders or backed by state intelligence agencies. That makes it a perfect form of modern espionage.

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