ECB Admits It Was Hacked

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While the ECB has said it takes data security "extremely seriously" and that numerous safeguards are in place to keep sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands, the WSJ reports that The European Central Bank said Thursday that 20,000 email addresses and other contact information of people who signed up for ECB events were stolen after one of its databases was hacked. Sadly, the hack was only discovered after an anonymous emailer asked for money for the stolen information.


As The Wall Street Journal reports,

"There had been a breach of the security protecting a database serving its public website," the central bank said in a statement.




"No internal systems or market sensitive data were compromised," the ECB said. "The database serves parts of the ECB website that gather registrations for events such as ECB conferences and visits. It is physically separate from any internal ECB systems."


The ECB said it takes data security "extremely seriously" and that numerous safeguards are in place to keep sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands. "Market sensitive information is protected with several layers of logical and physical security controls that are actively monitored and regularly tested," an ECB spokesman said in an email.


According to the ECB, the breach was revealed after an anonymous emailer asked for money in return for the stolen information. Most of the data was encrypted, but "parts of the database included email addresses, some street addresses and phone numbers that weren't encrypted," it said.

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One wonders if the hackers were looking for the mythical OMT documentation...

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Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:05 | 4999780 nosoeawe
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blame it on the weather

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:06 | 4999801 wallstreetapost...
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Big deal...the hackers got the Eurozones credit card numbers...... for their already maxed out cards...

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:13 | 4999836 DoChenRollingBearing
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The Economist (magazine) has/just had an interesting article on software bugs and hacking.  Big business.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:22 | 4999876 Sudden Debt
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These days, crashing a system has never been easier.
We recently where at a exposition and one of our competitors had their exhibition stand full of touchscreen devices. We made all the systems crash with a simple dos function.
The problem?
The new It kids have no clue anymore what DOS is and what it does. It's still on all the systems and what they don't know, they don't close down.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:23 | 4999884 NoDebt
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DOS 5.0 was the last good MS operating system.  Well, OK, not GOOD, but at least it worked and was stable.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:30 | 4999926 Sorry_about_Dresden
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The Economist is a Rothschild's rag. I wouldn't belive anything written in that rag.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:35 | 4999971 DoChenRollingBearing
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Software bugs and hackers are real.  And big business.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:04 | 4999783 Dr. Richard Head
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I guess hackers will be the only way these Central Cartels might get audited. 

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:28 | 4999913 PT
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Yes, I was hacked too.  I did have 600 billion trillion dollars in my bank account that I carefully saved up over the years but now it is all gone.  Damn shame.  If I still had that money in the bank then it would have gained 1.25 billion trillion dollars of interest and half of that would have to be paid to the guvmint in tax.  What a shame they aren't interested in helping me find the missing money ...nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more! ...

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:10 | 5000926 icanhasbailout
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I was hacked and then my hard drive was scratched then shredded and the backup tapes recycled and all my IRS documentation is gone :*(

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:25 | 5002546 PT
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You too?  And now all them funny emails I sent my friends and family are gone forever!!!

Double :(

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:21 | 5003287 icanhasbailout
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My friend at the NSA says your emails weren't very funny and that your family thought so too but only said so to each other.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:09 | 4999807 1stepcloser
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so every key stroke was turned into Cntl-P????

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:09 | 4999814 Thecomingcollapse
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Nothing to see here.... move along

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:20 | 4999826 gdiamond22
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Oligarch Money Team

Floyd Mayweather ain't got nuttin' on these guys!

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:13 | 4999831 semperfi
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NSA hacks everything everyday 24/7.  "Hacking" is now approved, tax-payer funded standard practice, you know, the status-quo.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:38 | 4999994 PT
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Wouldn't the NSA be the first at the very top of the list of suspects?

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:40 | 5000009 PT
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... or if they didn't do it then they must know who did! ...

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:48 | 5000066 Sedaeng
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Stating the NSA is "hacking" is giving them too much credit.  What the NSA does is kindly ask (force) the makers, of the tech we use, to place an open backdoor they can utilize at a whim.

Having a 'KEY' to our devices doe not make them 'hacked'...

To legitimately 'Hack' a device would take too much work for them I would think.  Much easier to blackmail them into just handing them the information.


Semper Fi

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:21 | 5000228 semperfi
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They do have to exert a little effort to decrypt encrypted data. But just a little. They probably exert the most effort whacking off to the videos they find

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:13 | 4999833 world_debt_slave
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why can't CB's admit rigging

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:15 | 4999850 ansc01
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I presume the hacker asked to be paid in BTC ?

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:17 | 4999855 101 years and c...
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why bother hacking a brainless institution?  their only weapon to fight off their depression is making up shit.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:19 | 4999865 Sudden Debt
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Just watch econoshock 2.0
The ECB know what's comming and they know this system is doomed if not completly changed.
A museum, that's how they view Europe. A nice museum.
Where the demographics are just terrible and during this crisis, demographics aren't mentioned a lot anymore like they where in 2007.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:23 | 4999880 DontGive
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Everybody is hacking everybody. Governments, corporations, and private individuals alike. That's the SOP in today's day and age.


Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:25 | 4999896 NoDebt
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"You want money for what?  What stolen information?"


Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:32 | 4999946 PT
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My dog hacked my homework.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:34 | 4999956 PT
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User name = "user"
Password = "password"


Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:58 | 5000121 Kirk2NCC1701
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Blame it all on Putin and Russia.  EVERYTHING is their fault.  Or will be, when our financial house of cards finally collapses.

TPTB are ramping up their Bogeyman meme, to deflect and redirect the "Who done it", when the USD gets real competition from the BRICS currency swaps, or it loses its GRC status at a G20 meeting.

When the consequences hit the US markets and economy, TPTB need someone else to blame... a patsy or a villain.  It's coming.  Tick, tock.

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