The website was infected with malware that stole information on subscribers to a bank newsletter.

A European Central Bank (ECB) website is offline after attackers inserted malicious code that could have stolen the names, titles, and email addresses of subscribers to one of its industry newsletters.

According to ECB officials, the website for the Banks’ Integrated Reporting Dictionary (BIRD), which publishes information useful to those preparing regulatory and statistical reports, was infected in December 2018. The infection was discovered this week during site maintenance.

The ECB reports that BIRD is hosted by a third party and that no market-sensitive data or internal ECB systems were affected. The bank is in the process of contacting all individuals whose information might have been stolen in the attack.

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