Recently, a website of the European Central Bank was hacked and the website has been closed. The European Central Bank said that the compromised website was an information website called the Banks’ Integrated Reporting Dictionary (BIRD). Launched by central banks and commercial banks in the Eurozone, the site was first operational in 2015. It is understood that BIRD aims to provide statistical information related to supervisory reports to bank practitioners.
The source pointed out that the technicians found traces of malware in system maintenance and investigated it. The results of the survey indicate that hackers are likely to have malware embedded in BIRD servers as early as December 2018, which means that the cyberattack has been quietly going on for months.
It is reported that the information that may be leaked in the accident includes the email address and name of the reader who subscribed to the BIRD newsletter. However, the European Central Bank stated that the BIRD is managed by a third party, so other systems of the ECB will not be affected by this incident. Currently, ECB staff have begun to contact affected website users.
In recent years, many central banks have been attacked by hackers. In 2016, hackers stole $81 million from the Federal Reserve’s account in the Federal Reserve’s account by exploiting loopholes in the payment system, the worst online banking theft in history.