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New Zealand's central bank hacked

by on11 January 2021

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New Zealand's central bank said Sunday that one of its data systems has been breached by an unidentified hacker who potentially accessed commercially and personally sensitive information. A third party file sharing service used by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand to share and store sensitive information had been illegally accessed.

Governor Adrian Orr said the breach has been contained. The bank's core functions "remain sound and operational", he said.

"The nature and extent of information that has been potentially accessed is still being determined, but it may include some commercially and personally sensitive information", Orr said.

Dave Parry, professor of computer science at Auckland University, told Radio New Zealand that another government was likely behind the bank data breach.

"Ultimately if you were coming from a sort of like criminal perspective, the government agencies aren't going to pay your ransom or whatever, so you'd be more interested probably coming in from a government-to-government level", Parry said.

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