The Central Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), which is responsible for managing the national currency in circulation, fell victim to an intrusion, we learned in a press release on January 10th. “Management of our market operations and treasury and payment systems “ Adrian Orr, governor of the Wellington-based financial institution, said.
As soon as the initial investigations are done, the organization “Protected“And”Taken offline“As part of the investigation, the bank is acting.”With close cooperation“With national and international cyber security experts.
Partition service affected
“The third-party file sharing service used by the bank to share and store some sensitive information is subject to unauthorized access,” the governor explained. This is an FDA (File Transfer Application) service provided by Achelian, a private cloud provider in California.
According to a “third-party seller”, the attack was not specifically targeted at the central bank. “Other users of the file sharing application were also compromised“Said Adrian R.
Business and sensitive data exposed
It is not possible at present to know for sure the effects of cyberotoxin. But Adrian reveals that there is a file that hackers can access. “Business and important information“, Without giving further details. Note that a central bank covers the financial hand of a state and stores a lot of information about the national monetary policy and the health status of commercial banks.
RBNZ refuses to provide further details on the cyber attack for fear that criminals will use it. “In doing so we will provide additional facts“The governor acknowledged that the scale of the cyber attack was yet to be determined.
The New Zealand stock market has been affected
This summer, the operator of the New Zealand Stock Exchange, NJX, was hit by a denial of service (DTOS) attack campaign, which shut down its services for several days despite taking additional measures to maintain the link before the market reopened.
These incidents are part of a worrying trend of cyber attacks erupting in New Zealand. In its November 2019 Financial Stability Report, RBNZ warned that the frequency and severity of cybersecurity incidents are increasing.