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[ISN] Hackers breach Reserve Bank
By Lia Timson
IT Pro Editor
March 11, 2013
Hackers penetrated computers at the Reserve Bank of Australia in a "highly
targeted" and "plausible" email phishing scam targeting employees.
The incident, reported in the Australian Financial Review on Monday, took place
in November 2011. Details of the attack were included in a FoI request by
another party and released by the RBA in December 2012.
The Bank's incident report shows a targeted malicious email was sent to several
staff on November 16 and 17, including senior management up to heads of
department. It was titled "Strategic Planning FY2012" and included a link to a
zip file containing a trojan.
The email used a "possibly legitimate external email address purporting to be
from a senior bank employee. It included a legitimate email signature and
plausible subject title and content," the report stated.
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