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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