Anonymous To Target Banks In Month-Long Attack

Anonymous To Target Banks In Month-Long Attack


Members of the hacktivist group Anonymous stated in a YouTube video that they would be targeting banks around the world over the next 30 days.  This campaign started with a successful penetration of the Bank of Greece on Tuesday.  According to Reuters, an official stated that while they indeed had gained access to the system, no data had been compromised.  The group used a distributed denial-of-service (DDos) attack to bring the bank’s system’s down for a short period, however according to Reuters, the bank’s cybersecurity system’s were able to limit the effects of the denial-of-service.  They released a video stating the the attacks will last a month.

Anonymous is a hacktivist group well-known for its targeted attacks against organizations it deems are corrupt or against the common good almost giving itself a “Robin Hood” status among many around the world.  Wall Street, banks, and even Presidential Candidate Donald Trump have become victims of this skilled group.

According to Fortune, Anonymous stated that “its attack on banks is an extension of Operation Icarus, a campaign the collective previously launched against Wall Street. It’s now bringing it back over the next month. While the video failed to explain exactly why Anonymous members are deciding to attack central banks around the world, the group said that there is a “global banking cartel” that is capitalizing on the hard work of others.  “This is a call to arms, brothers, who for too long have stood for nothing but have criticized everything,” Anonymous says in the video. “Stand now, behind the banner of free men against the tyrannical matrix of institutions that oppose us. Take your weapons and aim them at the Global Banking Cartel. This is the operation to end all others. In the beginning some people may stand to lose something from this, but the powers that be stand to lose much more. Bring the rain, brothers!”  The attack against the Bank of Greece is just one of many that will be targeted.

Our Analysis

One thing about Anonymous we do know is that they are not quiet about its campaigns against whomever it deems to the be the enemy at the time.  Banks around the world need to increase their cybersecurity posture while a know cyber threat is targeting them.  We understand more attacks are coming and hopefully they are stopped at the gates much like the Bank of Greece was able to stop them.

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About Matthew Eliason

Matthew Eliason was born in Houston, Texas.  Upon graduating from high school, he joined the Navy.  His first tour was as an Information Systems Technician of a 130 client DOD network where he developed the documentation and maintenance procedures from 2007-2012.  In 2012, he transferred shore duty where he serves as a system and security administrator. He graduates with a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology from American Military University in November of 2015. He holds the CompTIA Security+ certification and has extensive experience in DOD Information Assurance (IA) and Cyber Security compliance and procedures.  He enjoys golf, hiking, watching football in his spare time.