Not even the U.S. Federal Reserve is immune to cyber attacks.
Following a claim by the hacker group Anonymous, which says it penetrated the Fed’s systems on Sunday, Fed officials confirmed on Tuesday that hackers had indeed breached its security. The Fed indicated that the attack was launched through a weak spot in a website vendor application, which was quickly identified and fixed, and that the bank’s primary operations were not damaged by the intrusion, Reuters noted.
Anonymous claims to have obtained contact information on 4,000 American bankers during the cyber attack. The hacker group used a Twitter account to publicize its claims.
The cyber attack appears to have penetrated a database designated for use by bankers during a natural disaster. The Fed would not disclose which of its websites had been breached, but Reuters obtained a copy of an email sent to members of the Fed’s Emergency Communication System, advising them that their contact information had been compromised.
According to Fed officials, the hackers did not obtain passwords or other sensitive information.
Last week, The New York Times (NYSE:NYT) admitted that Chinese hackers had breached its computer systems to obtain information regarding the newspaper’s investigation of a Chinese official’s family fortune.