By Richard Behar
November 14, 2008
Another major international financial institution has had its computer
system attacked by unknown cyber-hackers, FOX News has learned.
The discovery of the assault last week threw into crisis the Washington,
D.C. based International Monetary Fund (IMF), which offers emergency
financial aid to countries faced with balance-of-payments problems, and
provoked a shutdown of IMF computers that lasted for several days.
In October, FOX News reported that the computer system at the World Bank
had also been hacked over a period of months.
FOX News has been unable to determine what, if any, information may have
been obtained by the hackers. The IMF denies any critical intrusion took
The spyware discoveries came at a particularly sensitive time for the
international bailout institution, which along with the World Bank is
expected to play a central role in trying to combat global financial
turmoil. The pair of institutions are described on the IMF's website as
the "twin intergovernmental pillars supporting the structure of the
world's economic and financial order."
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