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Stephen Donnelly: Dublin government did not pay any ransom to health system hackers

A decryption key was made available yesterday evening almost one week after the IT system was attacked
Michelle Devane, PA

The Dublin government has not paid any ransom to hackers involved in the ransomware attack on the health system, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said.

A decryption key was made available yesterday evening almost one week after the IT system was attacked and is being tested to ensure its validity.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1, Mr Donnelly said: “Categorically, no ransom has been paid by this government directly, indirectly, through any third party or in any other way. Nor will any such ransom be paid.”

The minister told the station’s Morning Ireland programme it was “unclear” why the decryption key was being made available and that it “came as a surprise”.

He added that there could be “any number of reasons” behind the move, and it would not be useful for him to speculate.

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