A lot of the exploits found in recent years have been from the United States.
But it is not all from the US, with many of the cyber-hacking exploits discovered by the US and UK also being exploited in the Irish, it has been reported.
The Irish Times reported this week that a hacker dubbed the “Cheeky Exploits Team” is responsible for a number of cyber-attacks on US and British schools, universities and businesses.
The attack is thought to have been carried out on March 3.
Irish IT experts have told the newspaper that the hackers are not new to the country, but have recently become more sophisticated.
The Hackers were not known to be affiliated with a specific hacker group, the Irish Times reports, but were thought to be using the tools and infrastructure of two companies, one of which was based in the United Kingdom.
The report said the hackers are likely to be “totally professional and highly organised”, and that they have targeted schools, public buildings and other organisations, but not individuals.
“They are not trying to break into the school system,” a senior IT expert told the Irish Examiner.
“They are probably just trying to get as much data as possible.”
Irish schoolboys were particularly vulnerable, with the UK having one of the highest rates of school hacking of all the countries in Europe, according to the report.
“The most common target in the UK was schools and universities,” it said.
In the UK, the report said, there are two main hacking groups: the TeamSpeak hacktivist group, and the Cybersecurity Research Group, a group linked to the National Cyber Security Centre.
TeamSpeak has been linked to more than 200 cyber-activities, including the leaking of private information and compromising of government networks.
Cybersecurity Research also hacked into a government website in the US.
One of the UK-based hacktivists, known as “TeamPaddy”, has admitted that he and his co-conspirators hacked into the British government’s National Health Service website.
It is not known who is behind TeamSpek or the CyberSecurity Research Group.
On Monday, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) launched an investigation into the matter.
Meanwhile, the National Security Agency has launched an inquiry into the hacking activities of its own, and has promised to hand over its own findings to the ICO, which will then decide whether to make the findings public.