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Qatar National Bank Suffers Massive Data Breach, No Money Stolen

A huge collection of documents of Qatar National Bank, based in Doha, was leaked and posted online to the Cryptome site on 26th April which is a whistleblower. The leaked data totaling 1.4 GBs, seemingly includes financial data that are sensitive as well as internal corporate files of QNB customers.

There have been many security companies and journalists who have examined and already confirmed the validity of the data since the time popping up online happened first. There is no official count of affected customers as yet, but the number might go up to hundreds of thousands.

The comprised data is more than enough for a wicked actor to commit financial fraud in the name of affected clients.

Softpedia.com posted on April 26th, 2016, stating that QNB first denied any breach of data, however a statement has been issued by the company today saying that they don't wish to comment on the speculation by social media, but specific attention have been paid by them to declare that its customers have not faced any financial impact, partially admitting the incident.

QNB have not responded to the email request of Information Security Media Group for additional information. However, a statement was released by the bank on 26th April saying that the policy of QNB Group is not to comment on reports circulated through social media with reference to "social media speculation in regard to an alleged data breach".

However, QNB commented on the reports by mentioning that neither the bank nor the customers have faced any financial impact, and it is "further investigating this matter in coordination with all concerned parties".

The last folder is doubtfully named "SPY", and contains data of Royal Family of Qatar, the Qatari Ministry of Defence, and different intelligence agencies of Qatar (Mukhabarat), France, UK (MI6) and Poland.

Same folder also consist Al Jazeera reporters details. This data normally comprises of basic reconnaissance info like addresses, contact details, social media accounts, and sometimes even target and their intimate family members images.

QNB, one of the largest banks of Middle East, functions in 27 countries across 3 continents, in 640 locations having 15,300 employees, and with over 1,400 ATM machines. You can read full statement of QNB below.

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