Philippines-based hacking group Anonymous shut down the London Stock Exchange (LSE) website for at least two hours as a sign of their protest against world’s banks and financial institutions.
The LSE’s website was taken down by the Philippines unit of Anonymous last week, June 9, at around 9 in the morning, Mail reports. Thankfully, the attack was said to be a distributed denial of service (DDoS) in nature. Meaning to say, no sensitive data has been compromised and trading was not affected.
The group of hacktivists has previously targeted the Bank of Greece, the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, and the Dutch Central Bank as part of a campaign called the Operation Icarus.
“Anonymous claims the incident was one of 67 successful attacks it has launched in the past month on the websites of major institutions, with targets including the Swiss National Bank, the Central Bank of Venezuela and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco,” Mail reports.
As a background, on May 4, a video posted on YouTube showed one of the members of the amorphous group announcing in that “central bank sites across the world” would be attacked as part of a month-long Operation Icarus campaign.
“We will not let the banks win, we will be attacking the banks with one of the most massive attacks ever seen in the history of Anonymous,” the video stated.
Then, previously, on May 2, another video was also posted on the same video website. The individual, said to be representing Anonymous, can be seen saying: “Olympus will fall. How fitting that Icarus found his way back to Greece. Today, we have continuously taken down the website of the Bank of Greece. Today, Operation Icarus has moved into the next phase.”
“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. We must strike at the heart of their empire by once again throwing a wrench into the machine, but this time we face a much bigger target – the global financial system,” the masked individual added.
A spokesperson for the LSE declined to comment on the incident.