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.
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Hopefully the bank is right and no sensitive information was stolen. But, it's always good to be prepared. That's why I always tell you to make sure you have a secure password. I've got a bunch of great tips to teach you how to make a strong password. You can even use a catchy song to help remember it!
But, just in case you can't remember every one of your passwords, there are great tools called password managers that can store all of them in one place. Take a look at the ones that I recommend. Just remember to make your master password very secure because it protects all of the others.
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