World Bank Cyber Intrusions

Published: 2008-10-10
Last Updated: 2008-10-10 20:27:54 UTC
by Marcus Sachs (Version: 1)
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Several readers wrote us today pointing out the Fox News story about cyber attacks against the World Bank.  There are a lot of details in the Fox News report, but no other independent confirmation of the story.  A recent update to the online story says this:

UPDATE: After FOX News published its story, a World Bank spokesman issued the following statement:

"The Fox News story is wrong and is riddled with falsehoods and errors. The story cites misinformation from unattributed sources and leaked emails that are taken out of context.

"Like other public and private institutions, the World Bank has repeatedly experienced hacking attacks on its computer systems and is constantly updating its security to defeat these. But at no point has a hacking attack accessed sensitive information in the World Bank's Treasury, procurement, anti-corruption or human resources departments."

If you are aware of any other reports (not based on or pointing to the original Fox News story) please let us know via our contact page.

Marcus Sachs
Director, SANS Internet Storm Center

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