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Gardaí identify attempted software breach on their computer systems

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Gardaí identify attempted software breach on their computer systems

Gardaí have said they have identified an attempted software breach on their computer systems.

The malware was detected on Thursday, forcing gardaí to heighten security.

Gardaí said in a statement: “An Garda Siochana identified a zero day malware threat on one of our systems. Heightened security procedures were implemented and standard protocols were enforced across all garda ICT environments to limit any effect on our systems.

"Working with security experts the threat was identified and an appropriate solution was implemented across all Garda Siochana ICT systems.

“An Garda Siochana are continuing our investigation into the incident.

“The Computer Crime Unit at the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation are investigating the source of this malware.”

A zero-day virus is a previously unknown system for which anti-virus software is not available.

Gardaí are moving to reassure members of the public that their data was not compromised in the incident.