RTÉ is on high alert for a possible cyber attack after two suspicious packages were delivered to its regional offices this week.
taff have been warned that they could be targeted by scammers who send them SD cards that may contain malware.
The Irish Independent is aware that a message has been sent to journalists highlighting two worrying incidents over the past few days.
Two “suspicious packages” were delivered to RTÉ offices in Waterford and Cork.
“The packages are envelopes containing a piece of card with an SD card taped to it.
“This could be someone attempting to send a malicious virus into the organization in the hopes that someone will insert the card into an RTÉ device,” the warning to employees said.
The email included a photo of a red and white SD card taped to a piece of white card. The envelope sent to the Waterford offices was handled at a postal center in Dublin.
When asked about the incidents, a spokesman said: “RTÉ does not comment on security or cybersecurity matters.”
Gardaí have been asked if they are investigating the incidents and a response is awaited.
The risk to RTÉ from cybercriminals was mentioned in a cabinet memo discussed by ministers earlier this month following the start of the war in Ukraine.
The memo highlighted fears that the national broadcaster could be targeted in retaliation for economic sanctions imposed on Russia after invading Ukraine.
This included banning Russian state media from broadcasting across the EU and on social media platforms.
Arts Minister Catherine Martin said her department is working with RTÉ to ensure it can continue broadcasting in the event of a cyberattack.
The memo said RTÉ has ”built resilience into their systems” to protect against attacks.
At the time, RTÉ said it was in regular contact with the department, adding that it was “exposed to cyberattacks on an almost daily basis”.
“In recent years, RTÉ has introduced additional security controls to increase its protection against hacking attempts and we continue to monitor for potential attacks on a daily basis,” a spokesman said.
A cyber attack crippled the HSE computer system last year and is still having an impact.
The healthcare system was forced to shut down its IT systems after a ransomware attack it described as “major”. Hackers had demanded money in return for restarting the system – but the government insisted it wouldn’t pay.
Latest figures estimate the attack cost the HSE nearly £40m. HSE chief Paul Reid said the final bill could reach 100 million euros.
Around €12.7 million was spent on ICT infrastructure, €5.5 million on cyber/strategic partner support, €15.3 million on vendor support for applications and €8.4 million on Office 365.
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