Another Cyber Attack: This Time, It's the IMF


Last month, the International Monetary Fund was rocked by a sex scandal; this morning, it's a hack attack.

The IMF confirmed late Saturday that the international financial organization was struck by a cyber attack on its computer system. The IMF oversees the financial systems of its 187 member nations.

David Hawley, an IMF spokesman, declined to say whether any sensitive data was stolen. "We became aware of the incident recent," Hawley said. "The Fund is fully functional."

The cyber attack was first reported by The New York Times, which quoted sources as saying the cyberattack was "large and sophisticated" and "had occured over the last several months." Bloomberg reported that IMF officials said the organization "was attacked by hackers believed to be connected to a foreign government, resulting in the loss of emails and other documents."

In May, the IMF was hit by scandal when its leader, Dominique Strass-Kahn, was accused of sexually assaulting a New York City hotel maid. Strauss-Kahn, under house arrest, resigned. The IMF is still looking for a replacement.