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Federal Reserve Confirms: Anonymous Infiltrated Its Internal System, Releasing Bank Executives' Info

"...obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product."

(Photo: Rob Kints /

While many were watching the Super Bowl Sunday night, Anonymous was claiming it had hacked into the Federal Reserve and posted the names of more than 4,000 bank executives on another .gov website. Now, the Federal Reserve has confirmed that an internal portion of its website was hacked.

"The Federal Reserve system is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product," a spokeswoman said, according to Reuters.

"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 spokeswoman continued.

Those whose personal information was obtained, which ZDNet reported included logins, IP addresses and contact information, have been notified.

As we reported Tuesday, the attack appears to be part of Anonymous' OpLastResort, which is a campaign to reform U.S. computer crime law after the the suicide of Reddit co-founder Adam Swartz who was at the time being prosecuted by the government for illegally going through MIT's system to steal millions of online scholarly articles.


The Fed didn't say specifically what part of its website was hacked, but Reuters noted that it seems to be a non-public website to store a database for banks to use in the event of a natural disaster.

Featured image via Pedro Rufo /

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