Federal Reserve confirms hack attack led to data leak

The Federal Reserve told the Reuters news agency it had contacted individuals whose personal information had been involved. It follows the hacktivist collective Anonymous’s publication of what it described as the credentials of 4,000 US bank executives.
The Fed did not say whether the two incidents were related. The Anonymous document contains the names and workplaces of employees at dozens of community banks, credit unions and other lenders, as well as mobile phone numbers and what appear to be computer log-on names and passwords.
However, Reuters reported that the Fed had issued an internal report stating that "passwords were not compromised" and had indicated that the leaked list had been a contact database to be used during natural disasters.
"The Federal Reserve system is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product," a Fed spokeswoman said.
"Exposure was fixed shortly after discovery and is no longer an issue. The incident did not affect critical operations of the Federal Reserve system."