Hacktivist collective Anonymous continues its assault, titled OpIcarus, on the banks of the world with further DDoS attacks on 13 additional international banks. Among others, Anonymous also claims to have shut down, what appears to be the Bank of England’s internal email server – mail.bankofengland.co.uk .
Hackers affiliated with Anonymous also claimed to have shut down several international banks over the past four days, including the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the central banks of Sweden, Myanmar and Laos.
A hacktivist who goes by the name ‘S1ege’ claimed responsibility for the attacks, stating they want to “start an online revolution” to retaliate against the “elite banking cartels putting the world in a perpetual state of chaos.”
— RT (@RT_com) March 17, 2016
S1ege, who is thought to be a member of the Ghost Squad branch of Anonymous, said the focus of future cyber-attacks will be “NASDAQ, NYSE and Paypal.”
However, the most number of banks were hit on 12 and 13 May. Six banks, including the Bank of Korea, the Central Bank of Myanmar, the Central Bank of Lao, the Bihar Gramin Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Bank of England appeared to have their websites taken offline for a brief period. The exploits were once again posted on Twitter by s1ege and scrub.
— s1ege (@_s1ege) May 10, 2016
S1ege, believed to be a member of the Ghost Squad branch of Anonymous hackers, opened up about the motive of targeting international banks in an interview. He said that the main focus of launching the cyberattacks was to “start an online revolution” to retaliate against the “elite banking cartels [are] putting the world in a perpetual state of chaos.” According to the hacker, all banks are potential targets. However, the focus for future attacks will be on “NASDAQ, NYSE and Paypal”.
According to IBTimes, none of the institutions subject to attack have disclosed the extent of damage.
While some banks were taken down for only a few minutes, others were left offline for hours.