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Major financial institution hacked: 20,000 email, street addresses and phone numbers stolen

Major financial institution hacked: 20,000 email, street addresses and phone numbers stolen
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Hackers broke into European Central Bank databases and stole approximately 20,000 email addresses and other contact information including addresses and phone numbers.

The ECB doesn't know who is responsible for the hack. An anonymous emailer told the bank about the break-in on Monday. The email didn't just come from a good Samaritan. The person wanted money in exchange for the information.

The ECB said no financial information or market data had been stolen, and the database affected was separate from all its internal systems.

Most of the data in the databases was encrypted except for the contact information. While this might not impact you because it's in Europe, you still need to take action.

Insider Tip: There are 3 critical steps for secure online banking. Click here now to learn what they are so you're not the next victim. 

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