Anonymous Takes Down Greek Central Bank… For a Few Minutes

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The hacker group called Anonymous is taking responsibility for crashing the Greek Central Bank (GCB) website for a few minutes using a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS).

Spyros Frangos, press adviser for the GCB, told the media that “there were no documents stolen or destroyed” and because “the bank doesn’t manage any transactions with clients, no money was lost in the attack.”

Frangos added: “The attack lasted for a few minutes and was successfully tackled by the bank’s security systems. The only thing that was affected by the denial-of-service attack was our web site.”

Anonymous said in a YouTube video that they are targeting the global financial system because it is a “banking cartel” and a “tyrannical institution”.

The hacker group warned: “The time has come to send the wings of their empire ablaze. Take your weapons and aim them at the global banking cartel.”

Over the course of the next 30 days, Anonymous revealed they will launch Operation Icarus, a campaign to “take down” numerous central banks across the globe using Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) to facilitate DDoS attacks.

LOIC is an open source network that was first created by Prartox Technologies. This software is easily thwarted by the majority of well-written firewalls which makes it an interesting choice for Anonymous.

Another curious point is that LOIC attacks are easily identified in system logs, and the attack can be tracked down to the IP addresses used at the attack. Anonymous members would be caught quite quickly for using this software; which makes this operation confusing.

In a previous video, Anonymous threatened the New York Stock Exchange and the Central Bank of England (CBE): “They feel comfortable in their ivory towers built on the broken backs of laborers of the world. It is time to show the world the true power and the true face of the faceless.”

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