The International Monetary Fund has become the latest high profile victim of a cyber attack. The aim was apparently to install software that would give a nation state a ‘digital insider presence’ on the IMF’s network.
The organisation has 187 member countries and a wealth of sensitive financial information.
It is believed a computer inside the Washington headquarters had been compromised and suspicious file transfers were spotted. The hacker has not been identified.
This incident follows a string of cyber attacks on major institutions and companies. In April, personal details from 100 million accounts were stolen when Sony Playstation was targeted. Google says it has traced an attack on email accounts earlier this month to China.