May 08, 2016

"A massive collection of documents from Qatar National Bank, based in Doha, was leaked and posted online to the whistleblower site Cryptome on April 26."

Bank Info Security: The leaked data, which totals 1.4 GBs, apparently includes internal corporate files and sensitive financial data for QNB's customers. by Varun Haran

'Cryptome reports that the leak comprises 15,460 files, containing details, including passwords, PINs and payment card data, for hundreds of thousands of the bank customers' accounts. Multiple experts have also examined the data, and likewise report that it appears to be legitimate. But Cryptome offered no insights into how the data was obtained, for example, if it was via an external hack attack, or an inside job.

'QNB did not respond to Information Security Media Group's email request for more information. But the bank released a statement April 26 that references "social media speculation in regard to an alleged data breach," saying that "it is QNB Group policy not to comment on reports circulated via social media."

'QNB, however, did comment on those reports by saying that "there is no financial impact on our clients or the bank" and that it is "further investigating this matter in coordination with all concerned parties."'

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