18 May 2021

Patient data could be ‘abused’ after health service attack, warns Irish government

In the aftermath of a destructive ransomware attack against the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE), the Irish government has warned that sensitive medical information and other patient data may be leaked. Officials have condemned any public release by the attackers of stolen patient data, stating that the move would be

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17 May 2021

‘We won’t pay ransom,’ says Ireland after attack on health service

Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) was recently the victim of a ransomware attack that took some services offline temporarily as the organization attempted to mitigate any further risks. The HSE has now stated that it does not plan on paying ransom despite struggling to restore its IT systems. HSE has

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14 May 2021

‘Significant’ ransomware attack forces Ireland’s health service to shut down IT systems

Ireland’s health service has become one of the most recent victims of ransomware, forced to take its systems offline due to the attack. The Health Service Executive is responsible for healthcare and social services throughout Ireland. The attack was described by the entity as “significant,” prompting them to shut down

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08 Apr 2021

Bus torched in more Northern Ireland violence as British and Irish leaders call for calm

In Northern Ireland, people took to the streets for the sixth consecutive night of violence as unionists and nationalists clashed with both each other and the police. The unrest began last week due to rising tensions relating to Brexit, including unionist anger over a decision made by law enforcement agencies

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23 Mar 2020

The Latest: South Africa infections grow by 402 overnight

COVID-19 has now infected 402 South Africans, and the country now has the most cases in Africa after a spike of 128 cases in one day occurred. The South African President is expected to address the nation and impose new restrictive measures, attempting to combat the spread of the virus.

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17 Mar 2020

Brave accuses Google of using ‘hopelessly vague’ privacy policies that breach GDPR

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) received a complaint that Google breached one of the General Data Protection Regulation’s principles regarding consent. The principle requires companies to provide a specific reason for collecting and processing personal data. In the complaint, Brave, a Chromium-based browser, claims that Google’s privacy policy infringes

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21 Jan 2020

FBI Seizes Domain That Sold Info Stolen in Data Breaches

A domain, named WeLeakData.com, was seized by the FBI after claiming to have more than 12 billion records gathered from 10,000 data breaches. The FBI’s actions were a result of an international law enforcement effort involving agencies from the US and Europe. The site remains down. The site offered subscriptions

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25 Jan 2012

Cyber attack crashes Irish government website

“The Departments of Justice and Finance websites in the Irish Republic were both taken offline for a time on Wednesday in an apparent cyber attack. Both sites were down for about an hour after being targeted by hackers.” (Source: BBC News – Cyber attack crashes Irish government website.)

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23 Jan 2012

Full alert amid terrorism fears

“Police in Northern Ireland are on full alert amid fears of an escalating terrorist campaign by dissident republicans. A faction opposed to the peace process was blamed for Thursday night’s bombings in and around the centre of Londonderry and even though nobody was hurt, police said the terrorists were prepared

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23 Feb 2010

Newry car bomb targets courthouse with no casualties

“Police were left with just minutes to clear the area around Newry courthouse before a car bomb weighing up to 250lbs exploded on Monday night. No-one was killed or injured in the blast which was heard two miles away. But police said that was a ‘sheer miracle’. Dissident republicans are

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