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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