"Anonymous" claims credit for hacking into Federal Reserve

Published: Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:53 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM EST
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ST. LOUIS, MO (WWBT) - - Computer hackers were able to breach security at the Federal Reserve, raising concerns of security experts.

The central bank says nothing critical was affected, but many are still concerned that something like this could happen.

While we were watching the Super Bowl, hackers were busy making their way into the computers of the Federal Reserve Bank and getting sensitive information. The fed says the hackers got access to email addresses, office and cell phone numbers, possibly even login information, for more than 4,000 banking executives from a Fed database.

The list had contact information of presidents, VPs and branch managers of banks and credit unions in 17 states, including Virginia, to be used in case of natural disasters. The group "Anonymous" is claiming responsibility for the attack.

The Fed says the hackers pulled it off by finding a temporary hole in a vendors software at the St. Louis Fed.

Officials say that hole has since been fixed, but security experts are very concerned they were able to get into the us central bank's site.

At this point, your personal information appears to be safe, but experts worry these banks are now going to be targets for future cyber attacks.

Hackers have an ongoing feud with the government over many things, including what they believe was the overly aggressive prosecution involved in the case of an internet activist. Aaron Swartz committed suicide last month while facing charges for breaking into servers at MIT.

Sunday's cyber attack comes just days after an attack at the Department of Energy. Anonymous also is taking credit for that breach.

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