The website for the European Central Bank has been hacked and thousands of people’s personal information has been stolen.
Hackers gained access to the website and stole information relating to officials attending ECB events. They are now demanding a ransom for the return of the data. This includes around 20,000 email addresses and other contact information such as phone numbers and mailing addresses.
This info had been registered with the ECB for attending future events. The BBC reported the figure at 20,000.
The ECB says no banking or sensitive data was stolen in the breach.
“The database serves parts of the ECB website that gather registrations for events such as ECB conferences and visits,” said the ECB’s statement. “It is physically separate from any internal ECB systems.”
It is now contacting those affected and German authorities have launched an investigation. “ECB data security experts have addressed the vulnerability,” it added.
The ECB says that it was made aware of the breach on Monday night when it was contacted by the cybercriminal in question.
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