Federal Reserve: Website was breached

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke at the 2012 Financial Markets Conferennce last year in Atlana. (Phil Skinner, skinner@ajc.com)

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke at the 2012 Financial Markets Conference last year in Atlanta. (Phil Skinner, skinner@ajc.com)

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The Federal Reserve’s website was breached earlier this week and the monetary agency acknowledged some users’ information was compromised, though it didn’t provide specifics.

ZDNet reported Anonymous “hacktivists” were able to access personal information of more than 4,000 U.S. bank executives on Sunday and published the information on the Web. The Fed, however, didn’t confirm or deny the report.

“The Federal Reserve System is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product,” a Federal Reserve spokesman said after Reuters reported the breach. “The exposure was fixed shortly after discovery and is no longer an issue.”

The Fed said the breach did not affect critical operations of the Federal Reserve System.

After the breach the Fed warned banks that email addresses, phone numbers and other contact information had been stolen and published after a contact database designed to allow banks to communicate during natural disasters had been compromised, according to Reuters.

The breach was carried out by Anonymous, a loose-knit collective of hackers known for attacking the websites of major banks by directing huge amounts of traffic to them and forcing banks to issue distributed denial-of-service, or DDoS, notices to customers.

Anonymous has also attacked the websites of the FBI, U.S. Department of Justice,  U.S. Copyright Office, the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the Motion Picture Association and the Recording Industry Association.

A CNN report says “Anonymous is not an organized collective of like-minded hackers. Rather, it’s a banner that many different hacktivist groups rally behind in an attempt to gather enough support to take down an opponent.”

How much faith do you have in the U.S. banking system when it comes to cyber security?

6 comments Add your comment

Rush

February 7th, 2013
12:27 pm

Ruh, Roh, Shaggy. Time for the Mystery machine to spring into action and solve this dastardly deed.

DC3

February 7th, 2013
12:50 pm

Anonymous member, meet the Seal Team 6… Seal Team 6, meet anonymous member.
Wash… Rinse… Repeat…

Matt

February 7th, 2013
1:32 pm

You’re an idiot DC3. That’s the whole reason they’re hacking the Government in the first place. Don’t you realize that you could get longer in jail and face higher fines for computer hacking than rape, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder, etc? I bet you didn’t. Oh no, lets just use the military to silently assassinate Americans. I bet you’re a republican too, fighting for your guns cause the big mean government is coming to get you, yet the first chance you get you want to big mean government to go get someone. You’re the worst kind of person.

ABC123

February 7th, 2013
3:09 pm

A CNN report says “Anonymous is not an organized collective of like-minded hackers. Rather, it’s a banner that many different hacktivist groups rally behind in an attempt to gather enough support to take down an opponent.”

This is the smartest statement I read in all these Anonymous articles.

Greatest crime in history

February 7th, 2013
10:24 pm

And yet despite all their valiant efforts, the 100 year crime spree by the Fed continues unabated. Literally hundreds of trillions of dollars of productivity and wealth have been transferred from the poor and middle class in the US and around the world through the mechanism of fractional reserve banking and fiat currency indebtedness. All of that wealth has found its way into the hands of the global banking cartel and the parasites that feed at the government trough. It is far past time to abolish the Federal Reserve, restore sound money to the US and free the citizens of this unholy bondage. There has never been a greater crime committed in the history of man as has been committed by central banking, especially the Federal Reserve.

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February 8th, 2013
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