The European Central Bank (ECB) announced that threat actors had access for months to the contact information of hundreds of financial industry subscribers to its newsletter
The ECB was the victim of a data breach, the bank announced that hackers had access for several months to the contact information of hundreds of financial industry subscribers to its newsletter. The intrusion was discovered during regular maintenance work.
The good news is that the BIRD website was run on an external server that is separated from the ECB infrastructure, according to the bank neither internal systems nor market-sensitive data were affected.
According to the organization, hackers infected with a malware an external server that hosts the Banks’ Integrated Reporting Dictionary (BIRD). Attackers had access to email addresses, names and position titles of 481 subscribers to the BIRD newsletter, the organization confirmed that passwords were not exposed.
“Unauthorisedparties… breached the security measures protecting (the ECB’s) Banks’ Integrated Reporting Dictionary (BIRD) website,” read a statement issued by the bank.
“It was possible that the contact data of 481 subscribers to the BIRD newsletter may have been captured,”
According to AFP, intruders wereinside the BIRD system since at least December.
The BIRD website provides financial institutions with details on how to produce statistical and supervisory reports for ECB supervisory teams.
The ECB is notifying the incident to people potentially affected.
In July 2014, hackers stole user contact information and other data from a database of the European Central Bank website in an attempt of extortion.
At the time, the European Central Bank confirmed that the hackers exploited a vulnerability to access a website database, fortunately, no internal system was affected by the attack.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.