Security & Fraud

Another Central Bank Hacked — Anonymous To Blame?

Anonymous Group central bank attacks

Has Anonymous hit another central bank?

At least, based on the recent threat from the hacking group, that’s the latest suspicion following news that broke that the Central Bank of Cyprus’ website was hacked just days after the Greek central bank fell to the same fate.

A Bank of Greece official told Reuters on Wednesday (May 4) that Anonymous was responsible for the disruption of its website.

The group’s attack on the central bank also came at the same time as an ominous message was posted on YouTube: “Olympus will fall.”

“A few days ago, we declared the revival of Operation Icarus. Today, we have continuously taken down the website of the Bank of Greece,” the video message continued. “This marks the start of a 30-day campaign against central bank sites across the world.”

Well, it appears that campaign is well underway. The Central Bank of Cyprus announced it was hit with “some form of a denial-of-service” attack late last week, but it was not confirmed when that attack actually occurred.

“[The hack] resulted in some delays in user connections, but generally, the website could handle the anticipated number of users for the day,” the spokeswoman told media outlets.

In the case of the Greek bank attack, an official reported: “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 website.”

At least, based on the type of attack, the obvious connection between the two attacks is evident.


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