Monday, November 03, 2008

Is The World Bank in The Middle of Security Meltdown?

Richard Behar writes on FOX News:

Over the past year, as FOX News reported three weeks ago, the bank has suffered a series of Internet attacks that penetrated at least 18 and perhaps as many as 40 of the bank's data servers. Moreover, spyware was apparently installed on computers inside the bank's treasury unit in Washington. The bank denies that sensitive data was compromised in any of the attacks.

Now, FOX News has learned, hundreds of employees of an India-based technology contractor that World Bank president Robert Zoellick ordered off the agency's property last April on security grounds are still working for the financial institution. They have been transformed in recent months into bank staffers or shifted onto the employment rolls of other contractors.

These revelations raise more questions about the safety of sensitive information at the world's largest and most influential anti-poverty lender. They also raise questions about the dependence of the bank on outside contracting help to maintain an information and communications system that is a hodgepodge of both semi-obsolete and cutting edge technologies, and far less secure than many people around the world have reason to expect.

More here.


At Thu Nov 06, 01:10:00 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was well known in the world bank for almost three years, that the Indian company running the bank's IT system had bribed senior officials of the World Bank (including the CIO) to get a contract valued at more than 200 million $. You can't really be surprised that this contractor installed spyware on the bank's computers and stole confidential data and information.


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