Aer Lingus among Irish firms hit by global cyber attack

The incident has compromised personal data of current and former employees of the organisations hit, which also includes Boots and British Airways

Aer Lingus is one of a number of companies impacted by the zero day attack. Picture: Artur Widak/NurPhoto

Aer Lingus is among a number of companies globally that have been hit by a cyberattack. The perpetrators targeted a vulnerability in Moveit Transfer, which is used by thousands of companies globally to transfer files.

The software was subject to what is known as a zero-day attack, which targets a vulnerability previously unknown to those tasked with mitigating it. Until such a vulnerability is identified, hackers can use it to exploit the user and potentially ...