Fed says internal site breached by hackers, no critical functions affected
The Federal Reserve said on Tuesday that one of its internal websites had been briefly breached by hackers, though no critical functions of the central bank were affected by the intrusion.
The admission, which raises questions about cyber security at the Fed, follows a claim that hackers linked to the activist group Anonymous had struck the Fed on Sunday, accessing personal information of more than 4,000 U.S. bank executives, which it published on the Web.
"The Federal Reserve system is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product," a Fed spokeswoman said.
"Exposure was fixed shortly after discovery and is no longer an issue. This incident did not affect critical operations of the Federal Reserve system," the spokeswoman said, adding that all individuals effected by the breach had been contacted.
2. Yknow theyve been knocking on the doors for years now,,,
I know people in IT who told me years ago, they can watch IP addresses try getting into certain areas(they can identify where the ip's are coming from and they know where they are trying to get into) 24x7x365.
But, since they cant get in, they really cannot do anything against them. On the other hand, the private company software some government agencies use, day in day out, are always being tested by people looking for faults. And when found, they are exploited. The private companies take a good deal of time 'patching' their product. Duging this time who knows who gets into whatever.
It is a very scary time.