In a campaign that sees activist and hacktivist collective Anonymous target primary financial institutions such as central banks with #OpIcarus, Greece’s central bank was targeted in a massive DDoS attack. The group has also revealed that it will be targeting other central banks in a 30-day campaign.
Greece’s central bank was the latest target of hacktivist collective Anonymous which is engaging in #OpIcarus.
Originally launched in January 2016, Operation Icarus or #OpIcarus deems central banks around the world as a ‘global banking cartel’, who, as the legend of Icarus goes, are flying too close to the sun. The revival of #OpIcarus sees the Greek central bank becoming the first target in what is gearing up to be a month-long campaign.
In a video, Anonymous describes its latest endeavor:
A narrator for Anonymous says:
The time has come to set the wings of their empire ablaze, and watch the system [that] their power relies on, come to a grinding halt and come crashing down around them.
An official from the Bank of Greece confirmed the disruption caused by an attack on Tuesday, taking down the central bank’s website.
“The attack lasted for a few minutes and was successfully tackled by the bank’s security system. The only thing that was affected by the denial-of-service attack was our website,” an official told Reuters.
Anonymous has previously engaged in campaigns against banks and the financial system. Operation ‘Black October’ from 2015 saw a peaceful revolution wherein the hacktivist collective claimed that private banks have failed ordinary people.
Since then, the ambition to take down bigger targets has grown, as with the latest move to target the Greece Central Bank.
The narrator adds:
We must strike at the heart of their empire by once again throwing a wrench into the machine, but this time, we face a much bigger target -the global financial system.
This time, our target is the Global Banking Cartel.
A list of targets released by Anonymous also includes financial institutions in Brazil, China, Iran, UK and USA, among other countries.