back to article Did you know there's a mega cybercrime backlog in Ireland? Now you do

As part of its new five year plan, the Garda Síochána will up its efforts to tackle cyber crime after “a lack of investment in technology and resources has led to a widely reported back-log of cases”. “[T]o ensure Ireland can protect itself from cyber attack from rogue States and individual criminal elements an holistic all-of …

  1. Alexander J. Martin

    I enjoy daydreaming about what this is like

    My favourite outcome in that table is Cybersecurity enhanced.

  2. streaky


    Did you know there's a mega cybercrime backlog in Ireland? Now you do

    No but given what goes on there I could have guessed. Not in any way shocking. Also why are the FBI involved. How about make some *cough* companies pay tax and get your own police force?

    1. kain preacher

      Re: Headline..

      Why when uncle sam will do it for free. All you have to do is give them access to any and all government data bases and let them spy on your citizens. So yeah MS I do apricate you not caving over the FBI wanting access to MS Ireland data but that's about to become a moot point.

    2. Bloakey1

      Re: Headline..

      What goes on there is no more shocking than what goes on elsewhere, particularly regarding corporations and tax.

      An Guarda Sicíní [1] are having huge issues with out of date I.T. systems some of which are thirty years old. They are also still very much geared towards the old days and way and society has moved on where they haven't or at least not at the same speed.

      The current gang warfare in Dublin is a case in point, the Guardai do not have the means to control it both financial, technical, fiscal and political.

      {1} Irish pejorative term for the rozzers meaning Guardians of the Chickens rather than their version which is Guardians of the Peace

      1. sonicwind

        Re: Headline..

        As an Irish person, I have never ever ever heard that term being used.

  3. joeW

    I know one of their detectives actually. 95% of their time is taken up with kiddie-porn cases.

    1. Alexander J. Martin

      That's really interesting. Please may you ask him to give me a ping me at My PGP is here if he's so inclined, and he could even make a throwaway account on Protonmail to do so too.

      1. joeW

        Will do next time I speak to him in person, which may be a few weeks.

  4. Mage

    work with the FBI

    Given how poor Irish Regulators are, I suppose there will be no practical regulatory hurdle.

    Personally I think ANY USA involvement with any State or Governmental etc service in Europe should be illegal. They have proven that they are not trustworthy.

    1. kain preacher

      Re: work with the FBI

      NTSB is the exception. So far as I can tell they are the only federal agency with an agenda. Which is why they are some times asked to help in other crashes in other countries.

      But if you are a foreign country don't let the feds in. Oh and did you know that the UK helps the CIA run Echelon ? They even have a operation cite in the UK. I don;t know why they let that STD in the country. Perhaps with the help of the NIH they can get rid of them.

      1. kain preacher

        Re: work with the FBI

        I meant with out an agenda.

      2. a_yank_lurker

        Re: work with the FBI

        The NTSB is not the only one with an agenda, all feral agencies do. The NTSB's agenda however is determining why certain types of accidents happen and is relatively transparent. The other feral agencies often have agendas that they strive to hide from prying eyes.

      3. Vic

        Re: work with the FBI

        NTSB is the exception. So far as I can tell they are the only federal agency with an agenda. Which is why they are some times asked to help in other crashes in other countries.

        This is not true - for aviation, at any rate. I believe other transportation systems use very similar rules

        The rules under which the accident investigation unit of any country can be involved in any investigation are laid down in Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation. Essentially, all countries have the right to be involved in an investigation if any significant part of the aircraft is built, used, or registered within their territory.

        I was at the AAIB in Farnborough on Wednesday. They told us about an Russian crash they had investigated - because the aircraft was registered in British Overseas Territories. The pilot had a hooky licence - and the subsequent Russian investigation turned up an additional 81 such licences...


  5. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    “The next five years will see An Garda Síochána become a 21st Century police and security service"

    A good aspiration - but they should have been saying that about 20 years ago.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      A good aspiration - but they should have been saying that about 20 years ago.

      Given the chaotic mess of various UK police forces IT, I think that us UK commentards may not wish to throw too many stones at the Chicken Gaurdists?

      Although given that there appears some commonality, I begin to wonder if perhaps there are conventions at which copper IT "pros" share worst practices, and benchmark to see who is most backward or least efficient? Every year some force sets a new record for obsolescence and ineffectiveness, and then everybody else sets to with a view to getting their IT down to the new Poo Standard.

      1. Paul Crawford Silver badge

        @chaotic mess of various UK police forces IT

        Lets not single out the police now, after all the same sort of problem appears to impact on most UK gov IT systems. And quite a few private companies as well.

  6. dwonk786

    This fits in a LOT of places.

    Anonabox is useless. It has a backdoor for the FBI.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    European problem

    Commercial crime in general appears to be officially encouraged in Europe. I've been trying for a few days to find how to report a spate of fraudulent mobile phone charges we've been having (East European pond life using the third party mobile charges infrastructure to steal money, with or through 'service provider' shells like which harvest details from punters trying to stop the charges. It's enough to guess a mobile number to start cashing in).

    To all appearances the police in Germany are set up like they were 50 years ago. They have simply mapped all their offline activity online, with sites that are all about physical crime (of which there seems to be enough to keep them busy). I can't find a single mention of commercial crime, except a mobile phone section with tips on how to avoid premium call scams from 15 years ago.

    Lock up your data, not your daughters. The police can't help you.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: European problem

      Thinking I could help by signing up for the police, I went to their recruitment site. It asks. among other things, how tall you are.

      We'll all be safe in our houses, and we'll have no identities and no money.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: European problem

        Another update. The scam looks as if it may be perpetrated over the web by transmitting subscriber info over http. I think that was originally a feature. What could go wrong?

        It is going to look something like this, from 2012:

        To avoid financial consequences, you will want to get your GSM service provider to block third party transactions. Do it today.

        All known cases seem to be on the German Vodafone network.

        A pleasant side effect of the block is that you will no longer be able to vote on TV shows.

        The registrant of, where the money went, seems to have left his whois info open. If the police are in effect off duty for cybercrime, a personal call to Sofia may be in order.

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