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Large scale attack on govt sites
12 Feb 2016 20:08
One of the government websites targeted in a cyber attack last month was bombarded with traffic from more than 50,000 internet addresses in the space of just three seconds.
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Details of the scale of the attack have been revealed in emails seen by RTÉ News.
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When services were restored, staff dealing with the problem warned that it was not possible to say the attacks were over.
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The emails, released under Freedom of Information, say that the attacks were carried out on a "large scale" and that those behind them moved targets in order to continue disrupting services.
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A Distributed Denial-of-Service or DDoS attack involves a massive amount of data requests being directed at a particular network in order to overwhelm it and disrupt access.
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Last month, a wave of these attacks crashed the websites of government departments and agencies such as the Central Statistics Office, the Courts Service and the Health Service Executive.
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Investigations into the attacks are continuing involving the cyber security team in the Department of Communications and the Garda computer crime investigation unit.
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