According to the 2017 Verizon Databreach Investigations Report (DBIR), the number of ransomware attacks grew by 50 per cent from 2015 to 2016. Photograph: Ritchie B Tongo/EPA

Friday May 12th, 2017, may become a landmark date in the world of cybersecurity. A major wave of cyberattacks known as ransomware infected thousands o(...)

Most of the hacked sites feature a posting of the Kurdish flag and the statement “long live Peshmerga”. Photograph: iStockphoto

Scores of Irish websites were targeted over the weekend by a Kurdish hacker expressing anti-Islamic State views, with the National Treasury Management(...)

The Garda put an emergency plan in place in recent days after an external source tried to hack into its data systems. File photograph: iStock

An Garda Síochána has said normal service has been restored to its IT systems after an attempted attack by hackers last week. The force put an emerg(...)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo on Facebook to celebrate 500 million monthly active users on Instagram. Photograph: Facebook

A leading internet security expert has said people should follow Facebook CEOMark Zuckerberg’s advice and cover their web cams when not in use. Mr Z(...)

Digital footprint: “Some people really enjoy having ads that are more targeted towards their interests. For others, however, it is creepy and uncomfortable”

There is something unsettling about an online retailer knowing you are pregnant before you have even told your family. Or a taxi app detecting that yo(...)

Cybercrime: on the rise Of Irish firms affected by cybercrime, nearly one in five incurred losses of between €92,000 and €4.6 million, according to a survey from PwC. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Whether they’re investing in security cameras, expensive alarm systems or personnel to patrol buildings, most firms see spending on crime prevention a(...)

An iPhone is held up at a rally in February in front of an Apple store in New York  in support of the company’s privacy policy. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA.

Hostilities in the phoney war have temporarily ceased. But the question now is should the average consumer be worried about the security of the data o(...)

Hacker attack: last year, 79 per cent of companies in an Isme survey said they had been targeted by computer-related criminal activity

It used to be the case that if somebody tried to steal from your business, an alarm would go off and the authorities would act accordingly. In the 21(...)

The most common type of fraud in Ireland, according to PwC, is asset misappropriation and/or stealing from a company

Most businesses have to contend with fraud, but trying to establish the scale of the problem is not easy. With many organisations reluctant to admit(...)

The  Courts Service chief executive has said the organisation is facing two more years of ‘scraping around looking for money’ to try and prevent their IT system from collapsing. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The head of the Courts Service has said the organisation is facing two more years of “scraping around looking for money” to try and prevent their outd(...)