Hackers vs. banks battle heats up as Anonymous launches global attack

Published on South China Morning Post, May 6, 2016.

Greece’s central bank says its website suffered a denial-of service attack as Anonymous announces the start of a 30-day campaign targeting major financial institutions.

Anonymous has launched a 30-day attack against “all central banks” and major financial institutions, the activist-hacking group warned this week, after recent strikes on several major banks around the world by different hackers.  

Anonymous claimed responsibility for a cyberattack on the National Bank of Greece on Tuesday, just a week after Qatar National Bank suffered a major data breach attributed by the media to a Turkish group called Bozkurt Hackers …;

In March, the Bangladesh Central Bank reported US$100 million stolen from its account at the Federal Bank of New York after a weekend break, according to media reports. The Bangladesh Central Bank said hackers had transferred the money to bank accounts in the Philippines and Sri Lanka … //

… In November, the U.K. government said it planned to almost double its investment in cybersecurity to £1.9 billion (US$2.8 billion) over five years.

Meanwhile, the hackers who struck the Qatar National Bank have attacked a second bank and plan to leak more data, according to Gulf News, which cited a cybersecurity expert.

“The attackers announced that they are going to make the data public for the second attack, in the next few days. This data could be used for ransom,” Mohammad Amin Hasbini, a senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, said, according to Gulf News.

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