The European Central Bank has closed one of its websites after its IT staff found that a hacker compromised some personal information on the site and also planted malware.
About 480 site users apparently had their information exposed, the bank said in a statement. And while the attackers did not access passwords, it appears that email addresses, names and job titles were exposed and possibly stolen the bank reports.
The affected website, which is known as the Bank Integrated Reporting Dictionary, or BIRD, is hosted by an outside provider and is not physically connected to the rest of the central bank’s systems, the bank says.
The site provides the European banking industry with details on how to produce statistical and supervisory reports.
The central bank says the site will remain closed indefinitely. A spokesperson for the central bank did not reply to a request for further comment.