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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - Hackers selling data from QNB and UAE InvestBank on the dark web
Qatar National Bank (QNB)
Source -
Where - Qatar
Business line - Corporate Services

Hackers who stole data in 2016 from the Qatar National Bank (QNB) and UAE InvestBank are believed to be selling it on the dark web.

QNB was hacked in April 2016 and the UAE InvestBank in May 2016.

Hackers tried to extort a US$3m ransom from InvestBank at the time of the hack. The data included financial details, credit card numbers and CVV codes, plus names and addresses and other important information such as passport numbers and phone numbers. The data was then leaked online when the bank refused to pay the ransom amount.

The hackers who targeted QNB leaked 1.4GB of data, which also included financial details, credit card numbers and pin codes – including those of high-profile customers such as the Al-Thani Qatar royal family and journalists from Al Jazeera News.

The data is now understood to be up for sale on the dark web, an area of the online world only accessible by means of special software. It allows users and website operators to remain anonymous or untraceable and is favoured by terrorists and other criminals.