In this section you learn what cybercrime is, read details of specific threats we are aware of, plus articles on types of fraud and security tips and use our form to tell us about your experiences in confidence.
We will add more information and examples of fraud, particularly occurring in Ireland, as they come to our attention.
What is cybercrime?
Cybercrime can be described as a criminal activity carried out using computers and the internet. The most common method of perpetrating cybercrime is through a phishing attack and includes financial fraud, theft of confidential data, ransomware and denial of services.
Examples of cybercrime
The majority of cyber-attacks originate with a phishing email. These emails can lead to:
- websites where the recipient is asked to enter sensitive information (such as usernames, passwords, credit card data, etc.)
- a request to the recipient to respond directly with sensitive information, or
- the installation of malware onto the recipient’s machine.
These emails and websites look professional and appear to come from legitimate, trustworthy sources.
Click on the links below for examples of different types of cyber-attacks which show how phishing emails were utilised to attack solicitors systems, often resulting in the theft of client money:
Have you been a victim?
If you have been the victim of cybercrime at any time, please complete this form in confidence and provide as much detail as possible. The details of the attack will then be published on the alerts page (any personal details will be withheld as requested). Even if the type of attack you have suffered has already been reported by another individual, please report your attack. In this way, we hope to ensure that the profession is aware of all types and methods of attack and, hopefully, protect themselves from such an attack.
Tell us about your experience by completing a short form.
Reports of cybercrime
As reports of cyberattacks come to our attention, we will publish the details on our alerts page.
Protect yourself against a cybercrime attack
It is impossible to prevent a cybercrime attack completely, however, following these precautions will reduce both the risk of an attack and minimise the impact of such an attack:
Training and courses
To check for details of seminars the Law Society is running on cybercrime, see our Courses page.
To request a seminar, contact Law Society Professional Training.
If you've been a victim of cybercrime, please complete this short online form.
Alternatively, email email@example.com.