Qatar National Bank Hacked: 1.4GB Internal Documents Leaked

By | April 27, 2016


Recent days we have seen hackers are making target to Banks, in last days data breach was reported in Bangladeshi Central Bank.

According to the reports, 1.4GB internal documents, files and sensitive financial data from Qatar National Bank (QNB) has been leaked online. The data contains

  1. Personal Identification Number
  2. Credit Card Data
  3. Customer Transaction Data

Additionally dozens of folders consist of information on everything from Al Jazeera journalists to what appears to be the Al-Thani Qatar Royal Family.

The alleged banking leak also openly lists a folder marked “Al Jazeera” that stores nearly 30 separate profiles alongside a Microsoft Excel file that holds more than 1,200 records – including national ID numbers, telephone numbers and home addresses. Much like the intelligence files, the Al Jazeera disclosure contains a number of entries labelled “SPY” and also includes images of the person alongside social accounts, banking data and passwords.


However, it is a folder listed as “SPY, Intelligence” that quickly catches the eye. Upon analysis, it contains a slew of records listed as Ministry of Defence, MI6 (the UK foreign intelligence service) and Qatar’s State Security Bureau, also known as “Mukhabarat”.

The MI6 file, which sits alongside similar documents reportedly from Polish and French intelligence, opens up an in-depth report on an alleged agent. This includes names of close relations, phone numbers, social media accounts and credit card data. Furthermore, in one instance, a file marked “wife”, opens a photo showing a woman and two children. There are roughly a dozen of these intelligence dossiers included in the Qatar data dump.

QNB media relations officer said:

“It is QNB Group policy not to comment on reports circulated via social media. QNB would like to take this opportunity to assure all concerned that there is no financial impact on our clients or the bank. QNB Group places the highest priority on data security and deploying the strongest measures possible to ensure the integrity of our customers’ information. QNB is further investigating this matter in coordination with all concerned parties.”

The same statement has since been posted online.

After analysing the data Simon Edwards, cybersecurity expert with Trend Micro, said: “The breach seems to be a classic attack on a bank, with the majority of data leaked online exposing customers’ bank account details, such as account numbers, credit cards and addresses.

The massive leak was initially uploaded at however was quickly removed without explanation.

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