Cyberattack

The central bank of New Zealand said Sunday that it was urgently reacting to a “malicious” breach of one of its data networks, a third-party file sharing site that held “sensitive information”

Adrian Orr, governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, said that the breach was contained and the device was taken down, but it would take time to decide what information was accessed.

“We are working closely with domestic and international cyber security experts and other relevant authorities as part of our investigation and response to this malicious attack,” Orr said.

“The nature and extent of information that has been potentially accessed is still being determined, but it may include some commercially and personally sensitive information,” he said.

“It will take time to understand the full implications of this breach, and we are working with system users whose information may have been accessed.”

The government agency CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) said cyber attacks in New Zealand had risen 33 percent year-on-year in its latest survey.

Last August, persistent DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks attacked the country’s stock market, causing trade to be suspended for four consecutive days.

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