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‘Whatever you are spending on cyber security is not enough’ | Irish …

“Whatever you are spending on cybersecurity is not enough,” Detective Superintendent Michael Gubbins of the Garda Cyber Crime Bureau told a conference on cyber fraud in University College Cork yesterday.

The conference, Hacking the Human: Cyber Fraud in a Digital Age, heard that cyber fraud is under-reported at both corporate and individual level, and that businesses suffered ransomware attacks such as the NotPetya virus which locks a user’s computer until a ransom is paid to the hackers responsible.

Det Supt Gubbins said few such attacks are reported to the Garda Cyber Crime Bureau.

“Someone came to me after a similar talk to this and said: ‘Actually, I know a couple of companies, they were victims of NotPetya, it’s not widely known, it cost them a lot of money and they are still trying to mediate,’ ” said Det Supt Gubbins after the event.

He said the issue is under-reported globally, and that his appearance

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Less than 5% of cyber crime reported to gardaí – The Irish Times

Less than 5 per cent of of cyber crime is reported to gardaí, a conference has heard.

Speaking at the conference Cyber Fraud in a Digital Age at University College Cork on Friday, Det Supt Mick Gubbins of the Garda Cyber Crime Bureau appealed to company owners and individuals to contact them when they find themselves under attack by criminals.

He said support services are ready and in place for persons impacted by cyber crime.

“Of the cyber-dependent crime, very little of that is reported. I would say it is less than 5 per cent. It is not just an Irish phenomenon. It is a European and global phenomenon. We would like to let them know that the guards have the ability to investigate cyber-dependent incidents.”

Det Supt Gubbins said one third of Irish and Northern Irish businesses have suffered a data security breach in the past year.

Read more at: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/less-than-5-of-cyber-crime-reported-to-garda%C3%AD-1.3353433

Irish Water warns customers are being targeted in new email scam asking for bank details for long awaited water …

IRISH Water are warning customers about a new cyber scam that asks punters for their bank details in order for them to refund their long awaited water charges.

The phishing scam sees hackers send out thousands of emails claiming to be from Irish Water and telling customers that they need to fill in their bank details in order to receive their refund.

Irish Water customers have been receiving the dodgy emails

Irish Water customers have been receiving the dodgy emails

The professional looking email directs the reader to a bank details field before re-routing the user to the official Irish Water website so they don’t realise they have been conned.

Cyber crime expert Urban Schrott of ESET Ireland said the Irish Water scam was first flagged to him earlier this week and he described the bogus email as “professional” and potentially effective.

He told the

Read more at: https://www.thesun.ie/news/1864151/irish-water-warns-customers-are-being-targeted-in-new-email-scam-asking-for-bank-details-for-long-awaited-water-charges-refunds/

Irish Water warn customers are being targeted in new email scam …

IRISH Water are warning customers about a new cyber scam that asks punters for their bank details in order for them to refund their long awaited water charges.

The phishing scam sees hackers send out thousands of emails claiming to be from Irish Water and telling customers that they need to fill in their bank details in order to receive their refund.

Irish Water customers have been receiving the dodgy emails

Irish Water customers have been receiving the dodgy emails

The professional looking email directs the reader to a bank details field before re-routing the user to the official Irish Water website so they don’t realise they have been conned.

Cyber crime expert Urban Schrott of ESET Ireland said the Irish Water scam was first flagged to him earlier this week and he described the bogus email as “professional” and potentially effective.

He told the

Read more at: https://www.thesun.ie/news/1864151/irish-water-warns-customers-are-being-targeted-in-new-email-scam-asking-for-bank-details-for-long-awaited-water-charges-refunds/

Over 170000 Irish businesses could be vulnerable to crippling cyber attacks

More than 171,000 businesses in the State could be vulnerable to crippling ransomware attacks, according to a nationwide cyber security awareness survey.

48% of all businesses have no cyber security policy in place, with a further 27% acknowledging that either their security needs tightening or they are completely unsecure, according to the survey carried out by Magnet Networks.

The Magnet Networks National Cyber Security Awareness Survey was carried out among 205 companies spread across all sectors and regions, giving an up-to-date sample of the business attitudes to a threat which could potentially ruin many of those who are attacked.

The survey found that 26% of businesses have suffered from cyber attacks in the past two years, with a further 18% unsure if they have been affected.

“We found that only 13% of respondents think that their business is very secure – and in the absolute world of cyber attacks you are either totally secure

Read more at: http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/over-170000-irish-businesses-could-11314495

Are Irish businesses targeting each other with cyber crime?

Unless you spend a lot of time playing poker on your computer, you have probably never heard of Phil Nagy. But Mr Nagy, who runs an outfit called the Winning Poker Network, has just done something that might interest a lot of better-known, and less colourful, executives.

A few weeks ago, just as his network was holding a big tournament series, it was hit by a powerful cyber attack that forced Mr Nagy to scrap or postpone some events. This was not a step he took lightly. As he explained in a rueful video message to customers about the “crap” incident, some players could be so upset that the next time they saw him, they might “kick me in the nuts”.

What he said in the rest of the video was more jolting. While the poker network was under assault, he explained, the attacker had made contact on the

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North Korean cyber gangs blitz Irish companies with ‘almost daily …

According to a nationwide cyber security awareness survey, over 171,000 businesses in the State could be vulnerable to crippling ransomware attacks.

Some 48pc of all businesses have no cyber security policy in place, with a further 27pc acknowledging that either their security needs tightening or they are completely unsecure, according to the survey carried out by Magnet Networks.

The Magnet Networks National Cyber Security Awareness Survey was carried out among 205 companies spread across all sectors and regions, giving an up-to-date sample of the business attitudes to a threat which could potentially ruin many of those who are attacked.

Read more at: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/north-korean-cyber-gangs-blitz-irish-companies-with-almost-daily-attacks-36208986.html

North Korean cyber gangs blitz Irish companies with ‘almost daily’ attacks

According to a nationwide cyber security awareness survey, over 171,000 businesses in the State could be vulnerable to crippling ransomware attacks.

Some 48pc of all businesses have no cyber security policy in place, with a further 27pc acknowledging that either their security needs tightening or they are completely unsecure, according to the survey carried out by Magnet Networks.

The Magnet Networks National Cyber Security Awareness Survey was carried out among 205 companies spread across all sectors and regions, giving an up-to-date sample of the business attitudes to a threat which could potentially ruin many of those who are attacked.

Read more at: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/north-korean-cyber-gangs-blitz-irish-companies-with-almost-daily-attacks-36208986.html

Call for Anglo-Irish task force to deal with post-Brexit cyber security

Ireland and Britain need to form a cyber task force to deal with the fallout from the Brexit negotiations, which are “clearly failing to address the concerns of the digital community and digital borders on matters relating to cyber security and data protection”, an Irish expert has said.

President of the International Cyber Threat Task Force (ICCTF) Paul C Dwyer said the Brexit discussions had so far been “light on detail regarding any implications or solutions for cyber security and data protection”.

“There are concerns from the business and cyber security communities about the implications Brexit will have on existing cyber security, privacy and data-protection laws,” he said.

“Many Irish and UK businesses don’t want to bet on the negotiations between the EU and the UK going well.

“The awareness among these businesses of the threats posed by cyber criminals is growing rapidly. The overwhelming array of sophisticated cyber-attack

Read more at: https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/call-for-anglo-irish-task-force-to-deal-with-post-brexit-cyber-security-1.3208322

Cyber bullying linked to poor body image | Irish Examiner

Peer pressure, pressure to conform, and cyberbullying are all factors in teenagers’ poor perception of their own body image, according to new research, writes Noel Baker.

Adolescents who report being cyberbullied are also twice as likely to perceive themselves as too fat.

The study was conducted by Ursula Kenny, lecturer in public health nutrition at the Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition in the University of Chester.

It was submitted to the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at NUI Galway and incorporates research published in different health journals, including in the Journal of Health Psychology earlier this year.

Focussing on Irish adolescents aged 13 to 18, it has three strands: Interviews through focus groups with 111 young people on their perceptions of peer influences on body image and the role of friendships; survey results from 4,481 adolescents involved in the 2013/14 Health Behaviour in School Aged Children (HBSC) survey in Ireland as

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