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Government websites targeted in DDoS attacks

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22 January 2016

A number of Irish public service websites have been targeted over the last 24 hours in a wave of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

Coming on the back of other high profile attacks against Lottery.ie and Boards.ie, both CSO and Oireachtas confirmed via Twitter that services were affected.

A spokesperson for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform confirmed that government infrastructure was being targeted.

“A number of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are currently targeting Government Infrastructure. These attacks have resulted in periodic disruption that has resulted in a number of Government websites becoming unavailable to the public. We have implemented our contingency plans which are designed to minimise this disruption. As with all DDoS attacks it is not possible to identify the exact source of the attack,” said a statement.

The Central Statistics Office was also affected, as confirmed by a Twitter posting:




The OireachtasNews account also posted:


It is not yet clear where the attacks originate from, nor their motives. In such cases, where state services are targeted, it is often due to hacktivists with an axe to grind.

The OireachtasNews account has most recently posted to say that the issues are resolved and that it is back up and running.

Most of the other services affected now to seem to have been restored.


It may be no coincidence that An Taoiseach Enda Kenny was prominent at Davos Economic Forum yesterday, being grilled by economist Joseph Stiglitz.


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