ECB Admits It Was Hacked

Tyler Durden's picture

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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nosoeawe's picture

blame it on the weather

wallstreetaposteriori's picture

Big deal...the hackers got the Eurozones credit card numbers...... for their already maxed out cards...

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

The Economist (magazine) has/just had an interesting article on software bugs and hacking.  Big business.

Sudden Debt's picture

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.

NoDebt's picture

DOS 5.0 was the last good MS operating system.  Well, OK, not GOOD, but at least it worked and was stable.

Sorry_about_Dresden's picture

The Economist is a Rothschild's rag. I wouldn't belive anything written in that rag.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture



Software bugs and hackers are real.  And big business.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

I guess hackers will be the only way these Central Cartels might get audited. 

PT's picture

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! ...

icanhasbailout's picture

I was hacked and then my hard drive was scratched then shredded and the backup tapes recycled and all my IRS documentation is gone :*(

PT's picture

You too?  And now all them funny emails I sent my friends and family are gone forever!!!

Double :(

icanhasbailout's picture

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.

1stepcloser's picture

so every key stroke was turned into Cntl-P????

Thecomingcollapse's picture

Nothing to see here.... move along

gdiamond22's picture


Oligarch Money Team

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

semperfi's picture

NSA hacks everything everyday 24/7.  "Hacking" is now approved, tax-payer funded standard practice, you know, the status-quo.

PT's picture

Wouldn't the NSA be the first at the very top of the list of suspects?

PT's picture

... or if they didn't do it then they must know who did! ...

Sedaeng's picture

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

semperfi's picture

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

world_debt_slave's picture

why can't CB's admit rigging

ansc01's picture

I presume the hacker asked to be paid in BTC ?

101 years and counting's picture

why bother hacking a brainless institution?  their only weapon to fight off their depression is making up shit.

Sudden Debt's picture

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.

DontGive's picture

Everybody is hacking everybody. Governments, corporations, and private individuals alike. That's the SOP in today's day and age.


NoDebt's picture

"You want money for what?  What stolen information?"


PT's picture

My dog hacked my homework.

PT's picture

User name = "user"
Password = "password"


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

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.