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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?