by Jay Syrmopoulos
Amidst a global media blackout of Anonymous' ongoing worldwide attacks on the "corrupt banking cartels," the hacking collective has now taken down some of the most prestigious institutions in global governance.
OpIcarus has recently taken offline,
After announcing a global call to arms against the "corrupt global banking cartel," the hacker collective, known as Anonymous, in conjunction with Ghost Squad Hackers, have taken over 30 central banks offline, including striking many targets at the heart of the Western imperialist empire.
An Anonymous press release explained the intention behind the operation:
Operation Icarus was relaunched in conjunction with a video release announcing the beginning of a,
Since that time, the scope and magnitude of the attacks have increased exponentially, with Anonymous, Ghost Squad Hackers, a number of Sec groups and BannedOffline coordinating attacks - each focusing on separate financial institutions in an effort to maximize the number of targets hit.
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:
The operation began with an initial attack on the Central Bank of Greece and was quickly followed up with a similar DDoS attack on the Central Bank of Cyprus.
The hackers then targeted the Central Bank of,
...according to the official @OpIcarus Twitter account, which has been taken offline - presumably by Twitter.
The National Bank of Panama and the Central Bank of Kenya were also reportedly targeted a day later, according to hacking news publication 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,
Last Saturday, hackers conducted a series of 250 Gbps DDoS attacks on the,
The initial attacks were reported in global corporate media, such as Reuters, with subsequent strikes being reported by independent outlets such as the IBTimes and HackRead.
The most recent press release from Anonymous summarized some of the attacks of the past week, as global media has curiously stopped reporting on the attacks altogether.
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;
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 attack on the Bank of England was unique from the previous attacks, as it reportedly took down the internal email server.
While some have questioned the effectiveness of OpIcarus, senior director at Corero Network Security, Stephanie Weagle, told Info Security magazine:
In the world of high finance, time is money and every minute that a bank is forced offline it is losing potential revenue, which in turn hurts the bottom line of those that support the imperial war machine.
Thus far, all targeted banks have refused to comment on the damage inflicted by the continuous cyber attacks.
Make no mistake that this operation has already been extremely effective - evolving and growing rapidly. The fact that global corporate media is refusing to report on these numerous high-profile attacks is indicative of the fear the 1% have of OpIcarus garnering massive public support.
The attempt to conceal the scope and breadth of this operation from public purview reveals the visceral fear the elite harbor toward those they prey upon.
It seems the only thing the ruling class can do now is attempt to conceal and suppress the information about what's transpiring in hopes of keeping the populace ignorant.