Virgin Media Television latest cyber target

The onward march of cyber criminals has continued this week, with Virgin Media Television in Ireland the subject of an attack.

An investigation is now underway after the broadcaster said the company had been affected by an “unauthorised attempt” to access its systems in recent days.

It said broadcasting of some of its recorded programming on Virgin Media 3, 4, More and VMTV Player will be affected.

Ireland’s Minister of State Ossian Smyth the matter was being investigated by the National Cyber Security Centre.

In a statement, Virgin Media Television said it operates stringent cyber protection measures and said it uses precautions which it immediately activates in such instances.

It said some technologies would be temporarily disconnected to ensure maximum security while it complete a review process.

It said it expects normal service will be resumed as soon as it has completed the review and verification process.

The broadcaster said the issue relates to Virgin Media Television only and does not relate to any other Virgin Media Ireland operations.

The latest cyber hacking attempt comes after the country’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) noted that cyber-attacks on Irish companies have resulted in over 200 instances where private data was accessed or stolen by hackers, 

The DPC is Ireland’s data protection regulator.

Graham Doyle, deputy data commissioner, said that the incidents were individual breaches and were reported to the organisation in keeping with GDPR reporting laws.

The confirmation of the incidents comes just a week after it was determined that personal data of staff and some students was exposed in the Munster Technological University (MTU) hack.