Hackers hit Czech central bank, stock exchange, commercial banks

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Hackers briefly took down the websites of the Czech central bank, the Prague Stock Exchange and several major Czech banks early Wednesday in a coordinated DDoS or distributed denial of service attack. The attackers reportedly overloaded servers "with thousands of requests and rendering them inaccessible."

Operations inside the bourse and the banks were fine, according to officials. "It's only the web page that isn't working, the hacking does not impact trading as the stock exchange's web page is not connected to trading platform," says Jiri Kovarik, spokesman for the Prague Stock Exchange.

At press time, several of the websites had been reportedly restored.

According to reports, the attacks didn't jeopardize financial accounts at any of the institutions, said Marek Petrus, a central bank spokesman.

"In no case has there been any loss of client data. At the current moment we are intensively working on countermeasures which will enable us to restore services for our clients," Komercni's spokeswoman Monika Klucova said.

The Czech Police say they are analyzing all the cases but are unable to confirm the hackers' location.

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