Welcome to #WeekendWisdom number 63. This week we’re going to talk about Cybercrime is Crime.

What? Are you serious? Cybercrime is Crime?

When I go to new customer who has had a hacking attempt made against them or they have suffered a ransomware incident, they often ask me what should we do. Among the first things that I tell them always to do, is they should contact An Garda Síochána because a crime has been committed.

I regularly get them saying “Sure what do the guards know about this? They can’t do anything to help me with this situation!” I keep telling them that they’re wrong and we’ve seen proof of that just this week.

What happened this week?

On the 27th of January 2021, law enforcement agencies from the Netherlands, France, Germany, Lithuania, Ukraine, the US, the UK and Canada, in coordination with Europol, brought down one of the biggest malware crime gangs in the world, a thing called Emotet. This was rampant and it was all across the world and it took a coordinated effort from all of these law enforcement agencies to bring these guys down.

More details of this operation are available at Eurpol’s website.

That’s good news.

So the law enforcement can do this. The guards can do this.

So please if you suffer from a Cybercrime, report it to the guards. They will be able to get more resources with more reports going into them.

So it’s really, really important that you do report any kind of Cybercrime to An Garda Síochána.

So that’s it for this week. Lets be careful out there and we’ll talk to you again next week.


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