No breach of Central Bank network following cyberattack

There has been no indication of a breach of The Central Bank of The Bahamas’ (CBOB) network or information technology (IT) systems, after the bank experienced a “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) attack on the morning of December 14, CBOB said in a press statement posted to its website late Monday.

The statement explained that the DDoS attack affected the public’s ability to access the CBOB’s site, and that the attack is typically carried out by generating extraordinary volumes of “requests to access the bank’s website”, which prevents “legitimate persons” from accessing the Central Bank site from their browser.

“The incident was noted by the bank’s internal incident response team within minutes of its first occurrence, and protocols established for just this type of intrusion were activated,” the statement revealed.

“These procedures were able to fully respond appropriately and the bank’s website was fully restored within hours.”

Central Bank Governor John Rolle tweeted that the attackers gained no access to personal or sensitive information.

The statement explained that the CBOB’s security protocols are robust and longstanding.

“It should be noted, we have no indication that the bank’s network or other IT systems were breached,” the statement noted.

“It is also worth noting that the bank has long instituted an additional layer of security for its information systems, by ensuring that there are no linkages between the website and the bank’s internal network.

“The Central Bank remains committed to employing information technology security protocols that either meet or exceed global standards and will continue to respond promptly to security incidences.”

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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