Ireland warned it is extremely vulnerable to cyber attacks

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which oversees Ireland’s cyber security, issued a warning last week that some government websites were being used to illegally mine cryptocurrency.

The NCSC said that it “is aware that a number of websites using software from a third-party vendor is causing visitors to those sites to mine cryptocurrency without their express permission”.

It is understood the Health Service Executive was among dozens of Irish government organisations whose websites were affected.

Fianna Fáil technology spokesperson James Lawless has warned that Ireland is vulnerable to cyber-attacks and has fallen behind in its efforts to protect itself from cyber criminals and state sponsored cyber warfare.

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