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Tipp Council joins others on high alert after Meath theft

Cyber attack results in €4.3 million being removed from Meath County Council account

Noel Dundon

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Noel Dundon

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Cyber attack

Keyboard warriors have targeted vulnerable IT systems.

Local authorities across Ireland, including Tipperary County Council and local Municipal Districts are on high alert following a bold cyber attack on Meath County Council.

Local authorities throughout Ireland, including Tipperary County Council and local Municipal Districts, are on high alert following a  cyber attack on Meath County Council which resulted €4.3 million being removed from their accounts.

Experts were this morning moving to ensure that councils are not left exposed and vulnerable and there have been calls for a full international, criminal investigation, following the attempted cyber theft of €4.3m from the body. It's understood the transaction involving Meath  was stopped in time and the funds have been frozen in a Hong Kong bank account after Gardaí and Interpol intervened.
There have been a number of high profile such thefts in recent times from organisations with vulnerable IT systems and local authorities have been moving to ensure that their servers are secure and their funds inaccessible to outside hackers.