US Federal Reserve website is hacked, and the stolen data is published online by the hackers

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Hackers have managed to access one of the US Federal Reserve’s websites and steal a “limited amount of data,” according to a statement. The notice that was sent via the Fed’s Emergency Communication System, however, warned that email addresses, phone numbers and other contact information had been stolen and published.

An account on Twitter that claims to be affiliated with the hacktivist group known as Anonymous has claimed responsibility for the attack, and even posted a link where the data has been published for download. What’s interesting is Anonymous usually attacks high-profile websites in the form of DDoS attacks, not hacking. The account, known as OpLastResort, and a number of others have recently expressed anger over the death of Aaron Swartz.

A Federal Reserve spokesman had this to say in a statement:

“The exposure was fixed shortly after discovery and is no longer an issue. This incident did not affect critical operations of the Federal Reserve System.”

The exposure is no longer an issue — but what about the stolen data that has already been published online and made available for download? I’m pretty sure that’s still an issue.

[via CNN, image via Ken Mayer]

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  1. Steve

    @Ashraf
    In most cases, I just copied the articles, but not the links. Here are links to two of the advisories to banks about risky mortgage lending:

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-24562.htm
    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/06-8480.htm

    If you email me your direct email address, I will try to send you pertinent articles over the next couple of weeks. (I have hundreds.) I don’t think these should be posted to dottech.org.

    If you haven’t seen the documentary movie “Inside Job,” you should. It shows examples of officials and respected economists acting as shills (I call them wh…es) for the big, crooked banks.

  2. Steve

    @Ashraf: I’m not sure what you are asking. My comment is the direct result of my FACTUAL knowledge that the Federal Reserve played a major role in causing the economic crash. For example:
    1) The FED knew that its low interest rates were causing the housing bubble. This is stated in at least one of the FED’s FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) minutes.
    2) The FED (and other bank regulators) knew that banks were writing toxic, risky mortgages–whose payments would bloom so large that millions of people who had these mortgages could not continue making payments. I have copies of two “advisories” from the FED and other bank regulators warning the banks to stop writing such mortgages. The banks (or most of them) ignored these advisories and the bank regulators, who had the power to stop the writing of these risky mortgages, did NOTHING! In his Senate confirmation hearings, Ben Bernanke was raked over the coals for not having stopped such mortgage lending.

    I believe that the above examples provide sufficient concern that the FED should be REQUIRED to fully disclose almost all of its actions.

  3. Steve

    Too bad the hackers didn’t expose which big banks got the Fed’s $7.7 TRILLION + loans (or guarantees of loans), what the banks used the money for, what the interest rate was, and which banks haven’t paid the loan back.