Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ALERT St. Louis Fed’s Popular Research Site Hacked

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ widely used data and research website was hacked, the St. Louis Fed announced this morning.

In a statement, the bank said “On April 24, 2015, computer hackers manipulated routing settings at a domain name service vendor used by the St. Louis Fed so that they could automatically redirect some of the Bank’s web traffic that day to rogue webpages they created to simulate the look of the St. Louis Fed’s website.”

A section of the research website, known as FRED, is relied on by economists, consultants, journalists and other researchers seeking a comprehensive resource for economic data.

I rely on the site heavily, and probably visit it on averaged at least 2 or 3 times a  day. Many of the charts you see here at EPJ were created at FRED.

According to WSJThe hack was first reported by Krebs on Security, a blog on the security industry.

“As is common with these kinds of DNS attacks, users who were redirected to one of these phony websites may have been unknowingly exposed to vulnerabilities that the hackers may have put there, such as phishing, malware and access to user names and passwords,” the St. Louis Fed said.

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