For more than 6 hours the servers of the Bank of Greece were down on Tuesday, after the online hacktivist group Anonymous launched a DDoS (denial-of-service) attack. Bank of Greece was the first bank coming under Anonymous fire after the group recently relaunched operation “OpIcarus” targeting banking and financial giants in Europe and the United States.
In an exclusive conversation with one of the hacktivists behind the Greek bank DDoS attack, tech news website HackRead was told that:
“The greek central bank has been offline all day. we would like all banks out there to know that unless they hold themselves accountable for their crimes against humanity that we will strike a new bank every single day and punish them #OpIcarus.”
According to Greek media, the website of Bank of Greece might have been down for several hours but the operation system was not harmed. Allegedly the BoG techs were prepared for the attack. BoG website appeared in full operation on Wednesday morning.
Anonymous’ Operation OpIcarus was launched in January 2016 and restarted in March 2016. The hacktivists behind the operation believe banks and financial giants are involved in corruption and to register their protest they had to take the war to a next level.
The hacktivists also released a YouTbe video revealing the reason and a list of banking websites that will be targeted. The list includes banking and financial institutions in Brazil, Bangladesh, China, USA, UK, Pakistan, Iran and several other countries.
In the last couple of months, there has been a slight increase in cyber attacks on the banks, first it was the HSBC bank facing DDoS attack on the salary day and then Turkish banks faced cyber attacks disrupting credit card transactions across the country.
At the time of publishing this article, the Bank of Greece website was down.