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Cyber Crime Public Awareness re: Personal Data 21 May 2021

The Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau is continuing its criminal investigation into the cyber attack on the HSE in conjunction with local and international partners.

We are encouraging people who have reason to suspect they are victims of cyber related crime, particularly the recent criminal cyber attack of the HSE, to make a report on the Garda Confidential Line - 1800 666 111 or at their local Garda station.

It has not been confirmed with full certainty that personal records or data reported to have been circulated are in fact genuine even though this is probable and would be a feature of these attacks.

In general, our crime prevention advice has been and remains - if you are contacted by persons stating that they have your personal details and/or looking for bank account details you should not engage or provide any personal information. If this does happen, we are encouraging people to report suspected breaches of personal data which will be examined by specialist investigators. Such reports will be handled in a sensitive manner.

An Garda Síochána has this year regularly highlighted concerns on all types of fraud and scams which are proliferating vie email, text message and phone call. These continue and every person needs to be scam aware. State agencies, such as An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive, the Revenue Commissioner’s will not cold call you looking for personal information such as PPS numbers or bank account details.

If you received any communication like this:

- DO NOT engage with the caller
- DO NOT click on any links in emails or text messages
- Screenshot the email, text message or other communication.
We also appeals to the public not to forward anonymous content, particularly on social media messaging apps. These messages proliferate the spread of fake news, create false concern and can cause fear amongst people. We ask that you to talk to your family and friends and only pass on information from credible and legitimate sources.
Further crime prevention and cyber safety advice can be found here.

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