Phishing the BIRD: ECB Website Hacked

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Hackers have penetrated the European Central Bank’s Integrated Reporting Dictionary (BIRD) website, stealing personal data and forcing the ECB to shut down the site, which was maintained by a third-party provider.

The breach only came to light during routine maintenance work, the ECB said in a short notice today, saying “the breach succeeded in injecting malware onto the external server to aid phishing activities.”

That it was not identified earlier will likely raise questions for the ECB’s own security team: such breaches can be the springboard to further attacks, as stolen credentials are used to underpin additional

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