16 Aug 2019
The European Central Bank, which supervises data protection at Europe’s largest banks, said Thursday that it temporarily shut down one of its websites after it was hacked and injected with a malicious software.
The site, called BIRD, which provides the banking industry with information on how to produce statistical and supervisory reports, is hosted by an external provider. The central bank said neither its internal systems nor market-sensitive data were affected. Instead, contact information of 481 subscribers of the site’s newsletter may have been obtained, the ECB said.
The hacking, while minor, underscores challenges institutions face in protecting information. Last month, a former Amazon.com Inc. employee was arrested in the U.S. and charged with hacking into millions of Capital One Financial Corp. records in one of the largest-ever bank-data thefts. She also hacked into more than 30 other companies, according to prosecutors. UniCredit SpA, Italy’s largest bank, said it was investigating a possible breach connected to the Capital One case, but that no customer data was compromised.
By Patricia Kowsmann, The Wall Street Journal, 15 August 2019
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