IMF Cyberattack Was by Foreign Government: Source

Hacker collective Anonymous not responsible, says security expert
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2011 2:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – The cyberattack on IMF was carried out by hackers thought to be connected to a foreign government, not hacker collective Anonymous, according to a security expert familiar with the incident. The hackers removed a “large quantity” of data that included emails and other documents, the source says. Bloomberg obtained internal memos from June 8 warning employees that a computer had been “compromised,” IMF systems accessed, and “suspicious file transfers” carried out the week prior.

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The memo continues, “At this point, we have no reason to believe that any personal information was sought for fraud purposes.” Employees had also been warned on June 1 of virus attacks and attempts to hack into the system, and on June 9 they were warned of “increased phishing activity.” (Read more International Monetary Fund stories.)

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