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African embassy in Dublin targeted by cyber criminals with hackers gaining access to entire nation’s digital data

April 18, 2018

By: Craig Farrell

The Dublin consulate’s web system was breached for ten days in February — with passwords and emails comprised during the attack

AN African embassy in Ireland was hacked by cyber criminals, the Irish Sun can reveal.

The Dublin consulate’s web system was breached for ten days in February — with passwords and emails comprised during the attack.

Security experts revealed that the hackers had access to all the nation’s digital data — including extremely sensitive political information.

Lastline intelligence threat director Andy Norton told the Irish Sun: “We track infections from sophisticated tools.

“In the course of our investigation, one of the tools compromised was an African ambassador based out of Dublin.

“They were able to comprise the email passwords and ­website passwords, which depending on the threat actor, can be used for the purposes of espionage, financial gain or a number of other purposes.

“Whoever perpetrated the breech would have been able to log in as the ambassador and send emails as the ambassador.

“They would have had access to read conversations or view any electronic ­information that was on their system. So they would have full access to the politically sensitive information.”

MORE: https://www.thesun.ie/news/2447183/african-embassy-in-dublin-targeted-by-cyber-criminals-with-hackers-gaining-access-to-entire-nations-digital-data/

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