Anonymous Hits New York Stock Exchange, World Bank, The Fed, & Vatican – Total Media Blackout

In case you didn’t know, Anonymous has been very busy recently, and they have set their sights on various worldwide “corrupt banking cartels”. Due to their hefty-work, World Bank, the New York Stock Exchange, along with five other U.S Federal Reserve Banks and the Vatican are now all offline.

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Their attack came soon after an announcement for a global call to arms against the “corrupt global banking cartel”, Anonymous along with Ghost Squad Hackers have included 30 central banks that have been taken offline in this hacker attack on the corrupt bankers of the world.

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An Anonymous press release stated their intentions behind its newest hacking operation:

“The banks have been getting away with murder, fraud, conspiracy, war profiteering, money laundering for terrorists and drug cartels, have put millions of people out on the street without food or shelter and have successfully bought all our governments to help keep us silenced. We represent the voice of the voiceless. We are uniting to make a stand. The central banks which were attacked in recent days were attacked to remind people that the biggest threat we face to an open and free society is the banks. The bankers are the problem and #OpIcarus is the solution.”

Soon after the video release that began the “30-day campaign against the central bank sites across the world.” As the attacks have gone on, they have become broader in range, and with each attack, the effects are growing exponentially. Each group, Anonymous, Ghost Squad Hackers, a variety of Sec groups and BannedOffline, have coordinated their attacks and each has focused on different institutions in order to increase the number of targets hit.

Anonymous clarified in a recent interview with the Free Thought Project exactly what this operation is.

“We would just like to make it very clear that all targets of #OpIcarus have been Rothschild and BIS central owned banks. In fact most of the targets so far such as Guernsey, Cyprus, Panama, Jordan, British Virgin Isles, etc are in the top 10 places of tax havens for the elite. No on-line consumer accounts were harmed, no ATM’s were blocked and no personal client data was leaked. This has been a protest against the Central Banks and the 1% — no innocent or poor people were harmed”

Beginning with the Central Bank of Greece, the operation went on with a similar DDoS attack on the Central Bank of Cyprus. From there they were able to take down the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, the Dutch Central Bank, as well as the Central Bank of Maldives. A day later they were able to move on to the National Bank of Panama and the Central Bank of Kenya, according to HackRead.

Additionally, reported Ghost Squad Hacker, s1ege also tweeted about taking the Central Bank of Bosnia-Herzegovina offline and provided a screenshot to verify. The Twitter account @BannedOffline also reported the Central Bank of Mexico had succumbed to a DDoS attack by the hacking collective. The online hacktivist groups have continued to conduct a series of high-powered distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, which forced the website of Central Bank of Jordan, Central Bank of South Korea, Bank of Compagnie, Monegasque and the Central Bank of Montenegro offline.

The most recent press release from Anonymous summarized various attacks that had taken place during the past week, as the global media has stopped their reports pertaining to the attacks altogether.

“Greetings citizens of the world, we are OpIcarus a collective of citizens from around the globe working on exposing the 1% through the global banking systems. The elite is responsible for the corruption currently taking place in all governments, media, drug cartels, sex trafficking and money laundering. This last week we have had success in taking down the banking systems of the Bank of International Settlements, the World Bank, the Vatican, Morocco, Macedonia as well as the Central Bank of Venezuela. We stand with the people of Venezuela as they protest their corrupt government and all should expect our support through operations during these uprisings wherever they may arise. We are the people, We stand with the people, We support the people.”

OpIcarus was announced initially in May, and the hacker group Anonymous has released a list of collective plans of institutions they plan on targeting, which they have broken up into four categories- web sites associated with the federal reserve, International Monetary Fund (IMF), sites owned by the World Bank, and over 150 other sites associated with national banks that are located across the globe.

Within a very short amount of time, the OpIcarus hackers have managed to attack dozens of financial organizations which they have listed online. If we had any doubt about their ability to hit such larger scope institutions, we have shed those doubts now, as with each attack they have shown that they do indeed have the means to take pretty much any corrupt global banker offline with the click of a mouse.

An Anonymous press release explained the intention behind the operation:

“The banks have been getting away with murder, fraud, conspiracy, war profiteering, money laundering for terrorists and drug cartels, have put millions of people out on the street without food or shelter and have successfully bought all our governments to help keep us silenced. We represent the voice of the voiceless. We are uniting to make a stand. The central banks which were attacked in recent days were attacked to remind people that the biggest threat we face to an open and free society is the banks. The bankers are the problem and #OpIcarus is the solution.”

In a previous interview with the Free Thought Project, an Anonymous representative clarified that the operation is in no way intended to impact individuals accounts held within the banks, explaining that OpIcarus is directed solely at the 1% perpetuating injustice:

“We would just like to make it very clear that all targets of #OpIcarus have been Rothschild and BIS central owned banks. In fact, most of the targets so far such as Guernsey, Cyprus, Panama, Jordan, British Virgin Isles, etc are in the top 10 places of tax havens for the elite. No on-line consumer accounts were harmed, no ATM’s were blocked and no personal client data was leaked. This has been a protest against the Central Banks and the 1% — no innocent or poor people were harmed”

After announcing OpIcarus at the beginning of May, Anonymous released a list of institutions the collective plans to target, which is divided into four sections — web sites 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.

In just a few weeks, OpIcarus hackers have hit dozens of financial institutions listed in their online manifesto. Any questions about whether the hacktivists would be able to take out some of the more high-profile institutions seem to have been answered with the recent successful attacks on the World Bank, the U.S. Federal Reserve Banks, the Bank of France and the Bank of England — the central banks of the U.K. and France – and the Vatican.

While some have questioned the effectiveness of OpIcarus, senior director at Corero Network Security, Stephanie Weagle told Info Security magazine:

“While the impact on the individual targets of the DDoS attack campaign, ‘OpIcarus’ is unclear; obstructing or eliminating the availability of email servers is significant. In an online world, any type of service outage is barely tolerated, especially in the banking industry where transactions and communications are often time-sensitive, and account security is of utmost importance.”

In the world of financial institutions, each second is worth its weight in gold. Meaning that every minute they are taken offline and have to work to gain back access of their online standing they are losing quite a bit of the money. With the current blackout in the mainstream media regarding these new attacks, we can only assume that the 1% are cowering in fear of the potential for further support in these attacks from the general public. Each attack shows them that they aren’t quite as powerful as they thought, and as each attack is exponentially larger than the last, we can only imagine that public support isn’t the only thing they are fearing now.

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