Another day and another cyber attack, this time the IMF

 

By Posted 13 Jun 2011, 10:20

We recently had news of some more games developers seeing their websites attacked by hackers. First we had Codemasters which was quickly followed by Epic Games. These came after the much publicized attacks on Sony. And now another day we have another cyber attack, this time the IMF.

The New York Times are reporting that the International Monetary Fund has been the victim of a large and sophisticated attack. The organization which is responsible for managing financial problems around the world, informed its staff and board last Wednesday, but didn’t make it public. An official stated it “was a very major breach”, and had been going on for several months.

A spokesman David Hawley was asked about the attack last Friday, but he refused to give exact details and said it was being investigated. The IMF has been responsible for financial bailouts for countries recently such as Greece and Ireland, and it also has some sensitive data on countries which could also be close to needing help.

The attack was so serious that the World Bank which is close to the IMF in Washington severed the computer link between the two originations. Many companies don’t reveal much about attacks on their systems in the fear of giving away information which could be useful to the cyber criminals.