The Federal Reserve recorded more than 50 cyber breaches between 2011 and 2015, with several incidents described internally as "espionage", according to records obtained by Reuters. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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The U.S. Federal Reserve detected more than 50 cyberbreaches between 2011 and 2015, with several incidents described internally as "espionage," Fed records show.The Fed declined to comment, and the redacted records do not say who hacked the bank's systems or whether they accessed sensitive information or stole money.The disclosure of breaches at the Fed comes at a time when cybersecurity at central banks worldwide is under scrutiny after hackers stole $81 million from a Bank Bangladesh account at the New York Fed.In all, the Fed's national team of cybersecurity experts, which operates mostly out of New Jersey, identified 51 cases of "information disclosure" involving the Fed's board.The cases of information disclosure can refer to a range of ways unauthorized people see Fed information, from hacking attacks to Fed emails sent to the wrong recipients, according to two former Fed cybersecurity staffers who spoke on condition of anonymity.Security analysts said foreign governments could stand to gain from inside Fed information.The Fed's national cybersecurity team – the National Incident Response Team, or NIRT – created 263 of the incident reports obtained by Reuters.
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