Hackers break into World Bank network, reports claim

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Fox News is reporting that the network of the World Bank Group has suffered from six major intrusions since mid 2007, including hackers gaining full access to the rest of the bank’s network for nearly a month in June-July 2008. The most recent breach was last month.

The FBI are said to investigating the series of serious security intrusions, which is said to have affected at least 18 servers (some sources are claiming as many as 40), including systems responsible for security (such as the management of passwords) and human resources (where confidential personnel files are held).

Two of the intrusions are said to have been tracked to the same range of IP addresses based in China, but that does not necessarily mean that the attackers are Chinese or supported by the authorities in Beijing. Studies done by Sophos in the past have revealed that there is a large number of compromised computers in China, being controlled…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.