The European Central Bank (ECB) said on Thursday there had been a breach of security protecting a database serving its public website. This led to the theft of email addresses and other contact data left by people registering for events at ECB.
The mission by the so-called troika of creditors -- the EU, IMF and the European Central Bank - is expected to push for more unpopular austerity measures to cover a fiscal gap of two billion euros ($2.7 billion) forecast for 2014.
In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was condemned to roll a boulder to the top of the hill, only to see it roll all the way down again. It looks as if the eurozone will be carrying its Sisyphean burden for a long time.
The euro was on the defensive against the dollar on Thursday, having shed all the week`s gains as investors doubted a massive 489 billion euro tender by the European Central Bank would solve the EU debt crisis.
The European Central Bank was set on Thursday to leave its main interest rate steady at a record low of 1.0 percent, analysts say, despite tighter credit and concern the eurozone could be hit by deflation.