Crooks have created what’s reckoned to be the first computer virus featuring the Irish language.
The malware – dubbed Gaeilge – is a strain of ransomware that locks up an infected computer and attempts to extort €100 from the user for an unlock code. The demand for cash reportedly appeared in poorly written Gaelic, and the software nastie was spotted on a computer in County Donegal, Ireland.
“It’s quite a sophisticated and convincing scam,” he said. “To someone who didn’t have good Irish it looks very legitimate. I suspect they have used some kind of translation transfer and only about 60 per cent of the virus makes sense in Irish. It has a logo which features an Irish flag and it looks quite official.”
Irish computer viruses have certainly come a long way from what they used to be:
(Canadians may recognize the Newfie version of the old Irish virus, as the Newfies couldn’t even be bothered to come up with their own, but simply modified it. )