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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Hackers crash Government websites

ONLINE hackers have shut down the websites of the two of the Government's biggest departments.

It has emerged that the Department of Justice and the Department of Finance websites were both taken down for several hours last night following an apparent online cyber attack.

A group that regularly targets the controversial Church of Scientology has claimed responsibility for hacking the websites.

However, the move has sparked fears here about the security of confidential information held by both departments.

Both websites were taken offline for over an hour early this morning after being targeted with what is dubbed a 'denial of service attack'.

It is understood that the hacking was done in protest against the proposed Irish introduction of new European Copyright legislation. A spokesperson for the Department of Justice told the Herald today that a "whole of Government response" will be rolled out "in response to this threat".

A group that represent Anonymous supporters in Sweden has claimed responsibility of the attack -- describing it as a "wake up call".

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