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Anonymous Attacks Greek Central Bank, Says 30-Day Global Hack to Follow

Greece's central bank became the target of a cyber attack by activist hacking group Anonymous on Tuesday which disrupted service of its website.
A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, symbolic of the hacktivist group \"Anonymous\", takes part in a protest in central Brussels
A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, symbolic of the hacktivist group "Anonymous", takes part in a protest in central Brussels January 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yves Herman
/ Source: Reuters

Greece's central bank became the target of a cyber attack by activist hacking group Anonymous on Tuesday which disrupted service of its website, a Bank of Greece official said on Wednesday.

"The attack lasted for a few minutes and was successfully tackled by the bank's security systems. The only thing that was affected by the denial-of-service attack was our website," the official said, declining to be named.

Anonymous originated in 2003, adopting the Guy Fawkes mask as their symbol for online hacking. The mask is a stylized portrayal of an oversized smile, red cheeks and a wide mustache upturned at both ends.

"Olympus will fall. A few days ago we declared the revival of operation Icarus. Today we have continuously taken down the website of the Bank of Greece," the group says in a video on You Tube.

"This marks the start of a 30-day campaign against central bank sites across the world."

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