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Federal Reserve confirms its Web site was hacked

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The wave of high-level cyberattacks continues as the Federal Reserve confirmed that one of its internal Web sites was hacked into today, according to Reuters.

“The Federal Reserve system is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product,” a Fed spokeswoman told Reuters. “Exposure was fixed shortly after discovery and is no longer an issue. This incident did not affect critical operations of the Federal Reserve system.”

Apparently the hackers accessed data associated with specific individuals, according to Reuters.

This attack comes on the heels of the hacking group Anonymous claiming on Sunday to have published login and private information from more than 4,000 U.S. bank executive accounts. The group may have gotten this data from the Federal Reserve’s computers.

It’s unclear if the two breaches are connected. Government officials did not say which of its Web sites were hacked. However, according to Reuters, it was most likely an internal contact database for banks to use during natural disasters.

The cyberattack on the Federal Reserve comes after a slew of continuous hacks in the U.S. The Department of Energy confirmed yesterday that its internal system was breached and employee data was stolen; and last week, hackers hit several U.S. media outlets.

The head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced in January that she believes a wave of cyberattacks on U.S. infrastructure is a serious possibility. Dubbing such an event a “cyber 9/11,” Napolitano warned that cyberterrorists could take down the nation’s power grid, water infrastructure, transportation systems, and financial networks.

In its December report, security company McAfee said that attacks on U.S. financial institutions are only going to increase in the year to come. The firm said that this isn’t only a possibility; it’s a “credible threat.” Anonymous has also promised to increase its activity in 2013. In a statement issued at the beginning of the year, the group said that it has no plans to fade away in the year to come.

CNET contacted the Federal Reserve for comment. We’ll update the story when we get more information.




  1. Why do known as Aa once the first factor you need to do is fully stand up and say, ‘My title is Bob and i’m an alcoholic’

  2. I’m not sure much about Anon however i think they hack things? Don’t you think like stick up for stuff that justice has not been offered in? Like they would like to discover the guy who made Amanda Todd kill herself? I do not worry about the hacking factor. However I see on their own pictures it states “Understanding Stree.

    We’re anonymous. We’re legion. We don’t forgive. We don’t forget. Expect us!” are they not speaking about stuff that haven’t become justice yet?

  3. And So I was searching stuff up and saw Anonymous. and just how they required lower a lot of websites. Can one be charged with being connected together or can one be caught for hacking and do you know the likelihood of being caught?

  4. We’re anonymous

    We’re legion

    We don’t forgive

    We don’t for get

    Expect us

    Like are you able to break it lower what every sentence means? And the other question, is anonymous bad??

  5. I attempting to register having a chatroom, however it states, “You might not sign up for this website by having an anonymous current email address.Inch What exactly is really a non-anonymous email?

    Other things than my company?

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