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IT Services Remain Disrupted At Two Colleges Of Ireland After Ransomware Attacks


Two IT universities of Ireland the National College of Ireland (NCI) and the Technological University of Dublin have been hit by a cyber attack. 

Recently, both the aforementioned universities have reported ransomware attacks on their system. Currently, the National College of Ireland is working 24 hours to restore its IT services after suffering a massive cyber attack. Consequently, the institution is forced to go with an offline IT system. 

"NCI is currently experiencing a significant disruption to IT services that have impacted a number of college systems, including Moodle, the Library service, and the current students’ MyDetails service," the college reported on Saturday. 

An advisory that has been released by some press institutions said that two third-level institutions that are experiencing cyber-attacks, particularly ransomware attacks – in their regard, there is no definite timeline for when the IT services will be fully restored. 

In the wake of the attack, the two institutions have immediately notified the students, staff, and other employees, about the cyber attacks. Subsequently, NCI’s IT suspended access to the systems and the campus building was also shut down for staff as well as the students until the IT services are fully recovered from the attacks. 

NCI has also notified the important inquiries pertaining to the attack, to the authorities including the national police service of the Republic of Ireland and the Data Protection Commissioner. 

"Please note that all classes, assessments, and induction sessions planned from today Tuesday 6th until this Thursday 8th April inclusive have been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date," NCI added in a statement issued today. 

"…The College will issue a further update on Thursday afternoon in relation to classes and other events for Friday and beyond. As well as, Students with assignments due this week were told that "no late penalties will be applied while the outage remains in place." 

Meanwhile, students were also told not to access any system of the campus until Monday, April 12. They were also advised to avoid contacting the IT staff that is at present working on restoring attacked IT systems.

Warning! Ireland's National Cyber Security Strategy; Fight Against Cyber-Crime

Ireland is all set to fight cyber-crime with its recently updated “National Cyber Security Strategy” which is way ahead of the last one the nation had.

This security strategy is just a way to meticulously ensure that the Irish netizens fully enjoy their digital rights and contribute to the internet society.

Per sources, the report cites that any minor or major cyber-attack on the multinational titans of the technological world could directly harm the security of data centers of the county.

The nation’s economic as well as political future depends on its cyber-security. The forthcoming Irish elections could be hindered easily if it were left to un-secure cyber-points.

Per reports, Ireland happens to hold more than 28% of the European Union’s data which in turn, in turn, is the headquarters of numerous big-time technology companies across the globe.

Hence, it is of the utmost importance to keep the country’s networks and devices essentially secured and tight against cyber-attack which is the aim of the Irish “National Cyber Security Strategy”.

If any of the prestigious institutions were to be even slightly compromised it would pose a direct threat to the business encompassed within the EU which in turn could lead to an economic disaster.

Ireland has never been too strong in terms of its cyber defense tactics and strategies as proven by the various attacks it has faced over the years.

Allegedly, the Cyber Security Strategy clearly mentions the challenges the Irish government faces especially regarding sensitive information.

Earlier the concepts of cyber-security were restricted to devices and networks that functioned on the internet wherein the targets could have been technology giants or other individuals.

But ever since the diaspora of the cyber-world and the evolution that it’s enjoyed ever since there are more serious matters that need attention like the electoral processes and other legislative tasks that need excessive secure conditions.

Irish military infrastructure, public sector security, the Irish political processes and almost every other thing that requires interconnected networks and devices, are all strong at the mercy of a safe and secure cyber environment.

Therefore it’s imperative for the nation to completely and effusively realize every single part of the strategy to their utmost capacity.