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Cllr. Darren O’Rourke responds to Meath County Council €4.309m attempted cyber-theft

17 December, 2016

In a statement released today (17th Dec) Meath County Council have confirmed that they were the victim of a serious, attempted cyber enabled offence involving identity theft. The sophisticated attempt to steal €4,309m was detected before the transaction was completed. The Council’s Bank was alerted and the matter was reported to the Gardaí who provided assistance through the Financial Intelligence Unit in the National Economic Crime Bureau and through Interpol. The funds have been secured and the matter is now the subject of criminal investigations and legal proceedings in Ireland and acbroad.

Responding to the news Sinn Féin Councillor in Meath Darren O’Rourke said;

“This is a really shocking story. The sum involved, over €4.3m, is staggering. It really is a huge relief to the council and indeed to everyone associated or who uses the services of Meath County Council that this issue was caught before it was too late. The council’s checks and balances kicked in and served them very well on this occasion. Everyone should be very grateful for that.  

"Of utmost importance now is that the transfer of funds back into Meath County Councils account happens as soon as possible and that every effort is made to secure a successful prosecution against those involved. Equally important, in the time ahead, is that the council in Meath and councils right across the country receive all the necessary support to ensure such an attack is avoided in the future. This may very well require additional central government funding.”.

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