Earlier this month, Anonymous launched #OpIcarus, a 30-day operation targeting central banks and other financial institutions around the world. The first round of attacks brought down websites associated with banks in Greece, Mexico, Montenegro and Bosnia. The group then targeted the Bank of France, Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates, Central Bank of Tunisia, Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Philippine National Bank.
In the last week alone, Anonymous took down sites associated with six banks: 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. Anon News reports they took down the Bank of England’s email server as part of the attack.
In a recent video announcing this latest operation, Anonymous says it will target the Federal Reserve, the World Bank, and other financial institutions because these are the true powers behind world governments:
‘Like Icarus, the powers that be have flown too close to the sun, and the time has come to set the wings of their empire ablaze, and watch the system their power relies on come to a grinding halt and come crashing down around them.’
The announcement also asks for others to join the cause:
‘This is a call to arms, my brothers who for too long have stood for nothing but have criticized everything. Stand now, behind the banner of free men against the tyrannical matrix of institutions that oppose us. Ready your weapons and aim them at the New York Stock Exchange and Bank of England. This is the operation to end all others. Innocent people may stand to lose something from this but the powers that be stand to lose much more.’
If this is truly an “operation to end all others” as the announcement claims, then you can expect Anonymous is up to more than temporarily disabling the websites and servers associated with these central banks. As of yet, the targeted banks and institutions have not disclosed the extent of the damage caused by Anonymous, and the group seems set on continuing the attacks throughout May as promised in the video below.
Featured Image via YouTube screengrab.