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Qatar National Bank Confronts Data Hack

Qatar National Bank says that some hackers infiltrated its systems; however, the information exposed on the Internet was a mixed content comprising data the hackers collected from the assault plus from social media.

The bank further says the incident won't affect customers financially, since their accounts are well-protected. But the institution doesn't give details about what manner its systems became victims of the hack; who possibly were the hackers; as well as what information they picked up.

The hackers, who had posted one video online, soon asserted being behind the security breach. According to Al Habsini, the hack could've links with the Syrian conflict.

He indicated the hackers hadn't demanded any money so far; however, had just exposed the data on the Internet. The Qatar National Bank breach could've certain political motive although that wasn't certain. Strange enough, since hackers usually performed to serve an objective, Habsini added.

News about the hack arrives merely some weeks after the apex bank in Bangladesh declared that cyber-crooks were able in grabbing more than $100m in an account theft from New York's Federal Reserve Bank. The apex bank was able in retrieving portion of the stolen cash, however, an amount of $81m, which were moved into Philippines were yet unfound. Albawada.com posted this, May 3, 2016.

Once last week, a service apparently was provided with the popping up of the hacked database on the Net which let people towards checking whether their information belonged to the exposed data. But when QNB issued legal threats, the service was quickly withdrawn.

Telling Gulf News, Senior Security Investigator Mohammad Amin Hasbini with worldwide research and analysis group in Kaspersky Lab Africa, Turkey and Middle East stated that the hackers had declared one fresh data breach that they'd dump on the Internet during the next days.

This fresh breach, as per Hasbini, consists of data from one more prominent bank, as also that the captured folders go back to the year 2011.

Cyber-security specialist Simon Edwards from Trend Micro writes that the attackers utilized one SQL injection code of open-source kind for pulling out the entire lot of accountholders' data they required.

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