The banking industry, particularly the central banks around the world, is bracing themselves for the continuous rise of cyber incidents that would mean billions of dollars of losses. Hackers have been teaming up to target central banks, with the infamous hacking collective Anonymous being the recent one to join the bandwagon.
According to a report by Bloomberg News, Anonymous is the latest hacking collective to focus its efforts on hacking central banks. The hacking group had been known to infiltrate websites of corporations and governments to show disagreements to policies and initiatives.
Some people who are knowledgeable of Anonymous' activities have spoken to the media about the hacking group's plan. The hacking group has been actively recruiting new members for its plan to hit a number of central banks.
The sources did not specify which central banks are on Anonymous' target. However, they said that the effort to hack into central bank systems has already begun in February. Some of the central banks that have been victims of cyber hacking were Russia's central bank, Dutch Central Bank, Bank of Greece and Bank of Mexico.
While the main purposes seem to be to get its hands on central bank cash, Anonymous also plans to take any confidential information that they can. The information can be sold to any willing buyer, or they can be divulged publicly to ruin the reputation of people or entities.
Network World reported that Anonymous also does good deeds from time to time depending on who or what the target is. The latest project of the hacking group is reducing the size of the dark web. One of the members of the hacking group decided to take down Freedom Hosting II after he found a huge amount of child porn in it.
Jobs & Hire previously reported that hackers also manipulated Microsoft Corp.'s Twitter bot named "Tay" and turned him into racist.