by Jay Syrmopoulos , The Free Thought Project
After a global call to arms, the Anonymous campaign against the global banking industry, OpIcarus seems to be gaining major momentum, as eight more financial institutions have been taken down after the initial attack on the Central Bank of Greece – followed by a similar DDoS attack on the Central Bank of Cyprus.
According to a video released in conjunction with OpIcarus, the attack on Bank of Greece marked the beginning of a “30-day campaign against central bank sites across the world.” This massive push, according to the video, aims to “strike at the heart of [the] empire by once again throw[ing] a wrench into the machine.”
In some of the most recent attacks over the weekend, hackers reportedly targeted the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, the Dutch Central Bank, the Central Bank of Maldives, and Guernsey Financial Services Commission, according to the official @OpIcarus Twitter account.
#OpIcarus Finds More Targets as Banks in Panama, Bosnia, Kenya Go Offline | https://t.co/vwACOSB61i #Anonymous #GSH pic.twitter.com/SBkEtDEPsv— HackRead (@HackRead) May 8, 2016
What began as an Anonymous operation has now become a joint op between Anonymous and the GhostSquadHackers, with reported GSH member, s1ege tweeting about taking the Central Bank of Bosnia-Herzegovina offline and providing a screenshot to verify.
#OpIcarus is now a joint-effort Operation of Anonymous and GhostSquadHackers ( @GhostSquadHack ) #United— OpIcarus (@Op_Icarus) May 6, 2016
https://t.co/iO3VxH80bb "Bank Of Bosnia" #OpIcarus #GhostSquadHackers #Offline pic.twitter.com/oEX5qWffK5— s1ege (@_s1ege) May 8, 2016
The twitter account @BannedOffline also reported the Central Bank of Mexico had succumbed to a DDoS attack by the hacking collective.
Central Bank Of Mexico Nulled By #BinarySec— Offline (@BannedOffline) May 6, 2016
#Anonymous #OpIcarus #OpShutDownTheBanks #OpShutDownTheGov pic.twitter.com/LkM3bla8lE
Anonymous has released a list of institutions the collective plans to target, which is divided into four sections; websites associated with the U.S. Federal Reserve, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), sites owned by the World Bank, and over 150 sites associated with national banks around the globe.
Thus far, in less than a week, OpIcarus hackers have now hit ten of the financial institutions they’ve listed in an online manifesto, but questions remain as to whether these elite hackers will be able to bypass the intense security measures of the more prestigious institutions on their target list.