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The hacker is unknown (for now)

An unknown hacker compromised the European Central Bank (ECB) according to a new report from BBC News. The hack was realized Monday night when the culprit contacted the bank demanding money for the stolen data
Reports say that around 20,000 email addresses of people who had registered for ECB conferences and visits were stolen, as well as a smaller number of telephone numbers and addresses.

No internal banking systems or market sensitive data were compromised thanks to the database for the bank's website being physically separate from the bank's internal systems.
Those affected by the hack have been notified to change their passwords.

In a press release posted on its website, thes ECB stated that it "takes data security extremely seriously" and that "German police have been informed of the theft and an investigation has started."

Sources: BBC News, European Central Bank

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'personal information'?
By MadMan007 on 7/25/2014 12:10:17 AM , Rating: 2
So email addresses, phone numbers, and addresses are 'personal information'?

RE: 'personal information'?
By StevoLincolnite on 7/25/2014 2:26:55 AM , Rating: 2
The irony of it all is, they probably sell that same information to 3rd parties anyway.

RE: 'personal information'?
By GotThumbs on 7/25/2014 10:14:48 AM , Rating: 2

The Assumption is that we have ALL the facts/data elements about what was actually taken.

Do you really believe that a hacker would try to blackmail this financial organization with just emails?

If so, then I have a bridge I will sell you cheap. :-}

RE: 'personal information'?
By GotThumbs on 7/25/2014 10:17:03 AM , Rating: 3
In ANY news article and in your everyday life.

You should ALWAYS ask yourself.....What am I NOT being told.

RE: 'personal information'?
By ie5x on 7/25/2014 3:28:39 AM , Rating: 2
For a bank it should be, as these are the very important first vectors of phishing.

RE: 'personal information'?
By Gondor on 7/25/2014 4:15:53 AM , Rating: 3
Keep in mind that ECB is not the kind of bank that deals with end-customers. It is "bank's bank", European Monetary Union's equivalent of US FED. It deals solely with other banks, ministries etc.

It is inconceivable that a list of e-mail addresses and phone numbers that employees of various institutions that have signed up for conferences and whatnot, which are published on those respective institutions' websites, are of any value to any but mass spammers (active address = worth some money).

RE: 'personal information'?
By michael67 on 7/26/2014 9:01:41 AM , Rating: 1
There is one fundamental difference between the two, the FED is private owned, and the owners are getting rich over the tax payers backs.
Something they talk as little as possible about!

Ware the ECB is a truly federal bank owned by the EU states, and has stability as its main goal, and not profit for its stockholders.

RE: 'personal information'?
By NellyFromMA on 7/25/2014 8:19:27 AM , Rating: 2
IDK about you, but I find all of the above to be personal.

It's where virtually all of my digital communications occur (you know, the ones I PERSONALLY choose to have), and its where I rest my head at night.

Yeah, kinda personal.

RE: 'personal information'?
By Murloc on 7/25/2014 9:55:28 AM , Rating: 2
if you go to a conference like this you probably sign up with your publicly available or easy-to-guess institutional address.

easy right?

The phone number can't damage you much unless you're a fool. Just hang up on them.

Wait, what?
By bug77 on 7/25/2014 6:11:11 AM , Rating: 2
Reports say that around 20,000 email addresses of people who had registered for ECB conferences and visits were stolen, as well as a smaller number of telephone numbers and addresses .
Those affected by the hack have been notified to change their passwords .

How would that help?

RE: Wait, what?
By NellyFromMA on 7/25/2014 8:21:38 AM , Rating: 2
It wouldn't, really. It's just more tech ignorance in the 1st century. Move along, nothing new to see here.

Call me (with my stolen phone number) when we actually here of a company securing our information with some level of COMPETENCE. Now, that'd be interesting.

RE: Wait, what?
By GotThumbs on 7/25/2014 10:12:20 AM , Rating: 2
Unless ALL the specifics of exactly what was taken has NOT been revealed in this 'story'.

There may be much more data that was stolen and the bank chose to withhold it from the media.

One way to set some people at ease, because emails are not considered a big deal.

There is ALWASY a chance for misinformation being released to the public.

"Not a SMIDGEN of corruption within the IRS"
"You can keep your doctor"
"You can keep your plan"
"It's NOT a tax"

...yet the supreme court could only justify/validate the ACA law (as not unconstitutional) by interpreting the law AS A TAX.

Our own governments tell us we should just let them take care of things and 'it's very complicated'.

Like we are not savvy enough to understand/comprehend.

Apathy is a very dangerous attitude to have when YOUR the one allowing others to make decisions/choices for you.

~Best wishes on keeping what you earned.

RE: Wait, what?
By Murloc on 7/25/2014 9:57:31 AM , Rating: 2
maybe they have an account & password to log-in on the ECB website that they can use to register for conferences.
It's a wild guess though.

Great idea...
By MrBlastman on 7/24/2014 11:04:19 PM , Rating: 4
Hack the most important financial entity in Europe and try and extort money from them. Yeah. That'll end well. So long, punk!

RE: Great idea...
By Silver2k7 on 7/25/2014 6:58:11 AM , Rating: 2
lol I read most important fictional entity :D

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