The European Central Bank (ECB), the central bank for the euro and administers monetary policy within the Eurozone, has been hacked.
The bank has shut down its Banks’ Integrated Reporting Dictionary (BIRD) website after “unauthorised parties” breached the security measures protecting it.
As a result of the hack, it is possible that the contact data (but not the passwords) of 481 subscribers to the BIRD newsletter may have been captured, a spokesperson for ECB said.
The affected information consists of the email addresses, names and position titles of the subscribers. The ECB said it is contacting people whose data may have been affected.
The bank spokesperson said: “The breach succeeded in injecting malware onto the external server to aid phishing activities. The external BIRD website has been closed down until further notice. Neither ECB internal systems nor market-sensitive data were affected.”
The BIRD website provides the banking industry with details on how to produce statistical and supervisory reports. It is physically separate from any other external and internal ECB systems.
The breach of the website, which is hosted by an external provider, came to light during regular maintenance work.
The ECB spokesperson added: “The ECB takes data security extremely seriously. We have informed the European Data Protection Supervisor about the breach. The ECB is taking the necessary steps to ensure that the website can safely resume operations.”