ECB hacked in attempt to extort cash

By Claire Jones in Frankfurt

The European Central Bank has been hit by an electronic attack in a breach of security that only emerged following an attempt to extort cash from the institution in return for the information stolen from its website.

The ECB said on Thursday that email addresses and contact data had been taken from part of the website where people sign up for conferences and visits. Twenty thousand email addresses and a smaller number of street addresses and telephone numbers left by people registering for events held by the central bank were compromised by the theft.

No market sensitive information was stolen.

Copyright: The Financial Times Limited 2014.

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