Federal Reserve announces breach of internal website by hackers

// February 6th, 2013 // Hacking and Security


Matrix ghost hacker manThe Federal Reserve has openly stated that “one of its internal websites had been briefly breached by hackers, though no critical functions of the central bank were affected by the intrusion.”  This comes after Anonymous announced via Twitter (@OpLastResort) that they had struck the Fed on Sunday accessing personal information, which included phone numbers, login credentials, and names of bankers, of more than 4,000 U.S. bank executives (which Anonymous published on the web by placing a file on the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center .gov website).  The Feds partially confirmed Anonymous’ claim saying “the Federal Reserve system is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product.”  They quickly pointed out that the “exposure was fixed shortly after discovery and is no longer an issue. This incident did not affect critical operations of the Federal Reserve system.”

According to NBC News:

“The Fed declined to identify which website had been hacked. But information that it provided to bankers indicated that the site, which was not public, was a contact database for banks to use during a natural disaster.  The website’s purpose is to allow bank executives to update the Fed if their operations have been flooded or otherwise damaged in a storm or other disaster. That helps the Fed to assess the overall impact of the event on the banking system.”

Sources: NBC News, CNN, Anonymous
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