Hackers recently targeted the International Monetary Fund with a sophisticated cyber attack, whose impact remains unknown but has been described by a senior official as a “major breach,” The New York Times reported.
The fund told its staff and its board of directors about the attack last Wednesday, but did not make a public announcement.
“This was a very major breach,” noted one senior official, who said the cyber attack had occurred over the past several months.
IMF has declined to comment further on the incident, but spokesman David Hawley confirmed to The Wall Street Journal a breach had taken place.
“We had an incident,” he said. “We’re investigating it and the fund is completely functional.”
Hawley said IMF staff received an email last week asking them to contact technicians “if they saw anything suspicious.” The notification said IMF had detected a desktop computer on the network that had been compromised and used to access internal systems and files.