Some of Hager’s hacking pals have been at it again


In Nicky Hager’s blinkered world, hackers are just guys wanting to expose the truth because they are upset about something or someone. They use their criminal skills to take information and then put it into the public arena using friendly and sympathetic so-called ‘investigative journalists’.

Nicky Hager is one of the most well-known investigative journalists in New Zealand. He has  an uncanny ability to always be in the right spot at the right time whenever a hacker wants to drop off a memory stick. Hackers are co-writers of every one of his books, as he prefers to sift through stolen information like the Panama papers rather than actually go out into the real world and talk to people.

Now a hacker collective have decided to punish the ‘bad guys’ worldwide. Their targets are banks and their justification is that they are retaliating against the “elite banking cartels putting the world in a perpetual state of chaos”. In order to achieve this they themselves are causing chaos but, being hackers with the limited intellectual prowess of Rawshark, they don’t see it that way.

Hacktivist collective Anonymous has launched cyber-attacks on major financial institutions across the world, including the Bank of England, in order to “start an online revolution.”

Hackers claimed to have taken down the Bank of England’s internal email server as part of an operation dubbed ‘OpIcarus.’ was down for part of Friday.

Hackers affiliated with Anonymous also claimed to have shut down several international banks over the past four days, including the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the central banks of Sweden, Myanmar and Laos.

A hacktivist who goes by the name ‘S1ege’ claimed responsibility for the attacks, stating they want to “start an online revolution” to retaliate against the “elite banking cartels putting the world in a perpetual state of chaos.”

S1ege, who is thought to be a member of the Ghost Squad branch of Anonymous, said the focus of future cyber-attacks will be “NASDAQ, NYSE and Paypal.”

According to IBTimes, none of the institutions subject to attack have disclosed the extent of damage.

While some banks were taken down for only a few minutes, others were left offline for hours.

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  • Tom

    I wonder what the outcry would be like if ASB decided in the interests of the Public to release the details of all those on Benefits and other moneys that come into their accounts. Would there be a cry of Privacy invasion.

  • axeman

    As I marvel at how far technology has come and how easy and quick it has made it to do business, sometimes I wonder if some of the old ways worked better.

  • localnews

    Also don’t forget their action at the Dunedin anz where they stopped the old ladies getting into the branch!

    • Davo42

      Yup, different reason for protest though. I figured out a way to “peacefully remove” those clowns – the plan would be to park up a knackered old diesel truck and smoke them out – eat carbon 350 Aotearoa.

      • DangerMice

        Ha! reminds me of that video of the diesel truck smoking out cyclists as they went past them!

  • Kopua Cowboy

    Given up on their multiple promises to take down ISIS already? That didn’t take long.

  • shykiwibloke

    When Anonymous first started making headlines, I hoped they would be a force for good. Sadly, they have gone way too far in both illegal activities and trampling on people’s rights – something they claim to uphold.
    To me it just says any breach of the law starts a very slippery slope. Just like the do-good ban-bad-things group – always one more little step, one more thing to ban, one more group to hack.

    • Kevin

      Anonymous is a loosely affiliated anarchist group. Some of the things they do are very good – shutting down pedophile sites for example. Other things, not so good.

    • Mick Ie

      Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  • Murray Pratt

    I wonder if a strike against PayPal has already happened. I’ve got over 250 PayPal buttons loaded and last week all the names of those PayPal buttons disappeared and replaced with ” Sample PayPal button”. That’s a big pain in the butt when I need to do daily edits. I reported the problem and their custom service replied with – We have been made aware about the issues with saved PayPal buttons where it is only showing as sample button. This has been reported to our Technical support team but we do not have a time frame on when this will be fixed.
    I’m not happy.