Dublin – Irish authorities are investigating whether a hacking attack was carried out against Irish phone networks in 2014 and 2016, and the cyber crime unit of the country’s national cyber crime police has launched an investigation.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, the Cybercrime Unit of the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCU) received a tip-off from a third party that the mobile network of a local business was being targeted, it said.
“A number of mobile devices belonging to the business were compromised by the same malware that was used to attack the banking networks in the UK in 2015,” the NCU said in a statement.
The cybercrime unit said the suspect had not been identified.
“We will investigate whether there is any link to a specific person or group of individuals,” it added.
The NCU, which was established in April 2017, is one of the largest cybercrime units in the world and was responsible for the arrest of criminals suspected of stealing millions of dollars from the financial sector.
The Irish National Crime Agency has confirmed the NCI is investigating the attack, and a spokesman said the NCO would be responsible for coordinating with the NCB.
“We are aware of the incident and are in the process of investigating,” said the spokesman.
The NCIB is one the few forces of its kind in the country, and its role is to identify and prosecute those responsible for serious crimes.
The hacking incident happened at the beginning of the summer.
The incident has been widely condemned by both sides of the Irish-British border.