Governor: Cyber Attack on Austrian And Other Central Banks

Friday, November 05, 2010

Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB), the central bank of Austria has come under a cyber attack earlier this week, Governor Ewald Nowotny told journalists on Thursday after the ECB council meeting press conference. It appears that hackers tried to gain access to the OENB's intranet. It was not said whether they succeeded and to what degree.
According to a 12-liner in Austrian daily "Der Standard" Nowotny disclosed that other central banks had been under attack as well. He attributed the attack to a student's hoax.
I am not buying this down-playing of such an incident in the days of the biggest financial crisis in history.

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