SOFIA, June 27 Bulgaria has started an
investigation into attempts to destabilise the country's banking
system, which include using the Internet and mobile phones to
spread rumours about a bank, Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev
told reporters on Friday.
Bulgaria's central bank, in an unprecedented statement,
warned earlier of a systematic attempt to destabilise the
country through attacks on the banking system and it vowed to
use all tools at its disposal to protect citizens' savings.
Shares in Bulgarian banks tumbled for a second consecutive
day on Friday amid rumours of a possible run on another lender,
one week after the central bank stepped in to rescue Corporate
Commercial Bank (Corpbank), the country's fourth
"There are attempts aiming to destabilize the banking system
and there's an investigation in this direction since yesterday,"
"There was an attack through the Internet and through mobile
phones, they have sent SMS and to disturb people randomly, as
the aim was to spread the rumour to destabilize a certain bank,"
he said. "The state has the resources and the tools to respond
to any malicious attack."
(Reporting by Angel Krasimirov; writing by Matthias Williams;
Editing by Gareth Jones)