back to article Irish government websites hit by widening DDoS attacks

A number of Irish government-related and public sector websites were knocked offline by an apparent DDoS attack on Friday morning. The latest assaults follow apparently similar web attacks on the popular discussion boards (bang) and the Irish National Lottery earlier (wallop) this week. At the time of first of the …

  1. James 51 Silver badge

    No speculation on who coudl be behind the attacks? Someone testing a technique on a target that doesn't have the resources to track them down? State sponsered or more run of the mill criminals who didn't get their pay off? Would say Apple fans hitting back but I doubt Tim Cook would even notice if Apple's cash reserves went down by £8,000,000,000.

    1. Mage Silver badge

      Apple Fans?

      Wouldn't Brussels be a more likely target than too friendly to USA Megacorps Ireland?

      Or maybe it's someone that doesn't like Ireland for harbouring the EU & EMEA HQs, and sometimes world except USA HQs of USA corps.

      Actually most USA Corps are able to avoid Corporate Tax no matter where they are (Starbucks, Amazon etc) and the real reason for the Irish based operations is the pathetic enforcement of regulations in Ireland (c.f. Financial Regulator and Irish Nationwide and Anglo Irish Bank, or Communication Regulator and anyone, or ASAI for adverts standards or the Government Consumer protection etc ..,)

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: Apple Fans?

        "Wouldn't Brussels be a more likely target than too friendly to USA Megacorps Ireland?"

        Maybe someone isn't happy about MS Ireland not providing certain data that a certain government TLA has demanded?

        Nice IT infrastructure you have there, it'd be a shame if something happened to it. Now, about those emails we'd like a copy of...

  2. Mike Banahan

    Eiri amach

    B'fhéidir gur na Gaeilgeoirí 'dearg le fearg' iad.

    1. werdsmith Silver badge

      Re: Eiri amach

      cén fáth dearg?

  3. Mage Silver badge


    Not primarily about security. ANY resource excessively accessed by miscreants will result in the normal users experiencing treacle like response. That's not testing security but capacity and performance. Which is unrelated.

    Malicious morons.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: DDOS

      Or they're using it as a bit of cover for their "audit".

  4. Slx

    It's also a very unsophisticated attack. DDoS is effectively just crude flooding, so they're not exactly testing or proving anything other than server capacity and ability to filter stupid nonsense requests.

    All this is doing is costing *me* money via my taxes and impacting services I use every day.

    It's about as clever as making prank phone calls to a reception desk over and over.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Ping, ping, ping, ping.....

    To be sure, to be sure, to be sure, to be sure.....etc.

  6. rtb61

    Counter Attack?

    Well to be fair the government of Ireland is actively involved in economic terrorist activities by cutting licence fee taxes in order to steal other countries social services. Those countries generate the revenue only to see it stolen by Ireland with discounted licensing tax and profit off shoring.

    Technically those governments being targeted by Irish economic terrorism should take far more aggressive action, with total trade blocks, cessation of currency exchange, as well as forbidden access to targeted nations by Irish citizens, they are responsible for that government and they should be forced to acknowledge that.

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