New Zealand central bank targeted for hacking

The New Zealand Central Bank said on January 10 it was the subject of a malicious hacking of one of its data systems which contained sensitive information.

New Zealand Central Bank Governor Adrian Orr said the intrusion was contained and the computer system disconnected. However, it will take some time to determine what information the authors of this hack had access to.

”  We are working closely with national and international cybersecurity experts and other relevant authorities on the investigation and on how to respond to this malicious attack  ,” he said.

”  We are trying to determine the nature and extent of the information to which they may have had access, it may include sensitive business and personal information  ,” added Adrian Orr, stressing that this will take time.

In its latest report, the government agency CERT NZ noted a 33% year-over-year increase in recorded cybersecurity incidents. In August, the New Zealand Stock Exchange was the target of attacks which led it to freeze trade for four consecutive days.

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