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The WannaCry hackers  targeted the weakest links. In response Microsoft made the unusual move last weekend of releasing a patch for Windows XP and other unsupported systems.  Photograph: iStock

The message on the screen began with the jaunty, almost innocuous line “ooops, your files have been encrypted!” as if the user had made a silly mistak(...)

 A section of the crowd attending The Web Summit 2015, at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A panel of cybersecurity experts at Wednesday’s Web Summit warned that recent hacker attacks such as those of Ashley Madison and TalkTalk are “the tip(...)

The US government has considerably stepped up the rhetoric in the last few weeks in relation to the Chinese hacking threat

US authorities are set to use visa restrictions to prevent Chinese nationals from attending major US hacking conferences DefCon and Black Hat in Las V(...)

Ronan Byrne, CTO with HEAnet, said that a “pre-requisite as set down by the Department [of Education and Skills] is that every school’s connection has to be filtered”.

HEAnet, Ireland’s national education and research network, is set to announce the introduction of a new web content filtering and malware protection (...)

British prime minister David Cameron’s ISP  plan comprises little that is new. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

It may be grabbing headlines but British prime minister David Cameron’s plan to compel internet service providers (ISPs) to block pornographic materia(...)

Tales of cyber warfare, hacking and industrial espionage, many of them reportedly emanating from China, have abounded in recent months and many(...)