Hackers release same InvestBank data stolen in 2015

UPDATE: Reports by IBTimes UK suggest employee and customer financial data has been leaked online

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Hackers release same InvestBank data stolen in 2015 A 10GB Zip file has surfaced online which holds sensitive financial data on tens of thousands of InvestBank customers
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  May 8, 2016

According to IBTimes UK, Sharjah-based InvestBank has been hacked.

A 10GB Zip file has surfaced online which holds sensitive financial data on tens of thousands of InvestBank customers. The information includes folders called ‘Account Master', ‘Customer Master' and ‘Branch Master', which allegedly contains spreadsheets, PDF files and images.   

IBTimes UK has reported that one document, titled ‘Cards' contains almost 20,000 card numbers, and another holds over 3,000 individual bank statements which are watermarked with InvestBank logos. Other files released are ‘Investors', ‘land documents' and ‘passports', with the latter storing scanned ID cards, passports, insurance cards and customer pictures, as well as full passport data of an InvestBank employee.

The news comes after Qatar National Bank confirmed it had been compromised with 1.4GB of sensitive data leaked.

The InvestBank data was uploaded online by a group using the pseudonym ‘Bozkurt Hackers'; many security experts suspect they were also responsible for the QNB breach.

IBTimes UK also said a similar dataset alleging to contain sensitive information from Investbank surfaced last December, as the bank refused to meet the demands from a hacker dubbed ‘Buba'. It is possible that the breach may not be new and could mean the same data has been published but by a separate hacking group.

InvestBank contacted ITP.net to confirm no new data breach had occurred, and that the data released was the same data that was stolen by the hackers last year. The bank also revealed it was released again for unknown reasons or motives.

Related: Qatar National Bank admits data breach

Related: DarkMatter discusses digital environment after QNB hack

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