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‘Anonymous’ hackers target IMF over Greece bailout

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 18:33 EDT
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WASHINGTON — Vigilante hackers group “Anonymous” declared Wednesday an online attack against the International Monetary Fund over the strict conditions imposed by its bailout for Greece.

A tweet from “Anonymous Operations,” using the tag ‘Operation Greece,” called followers to amass on line at the IMF’s website in an apparent attempt to overwhelm it and shut it down.

But it gave no time for the launch of the action, called a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

The tweet linked to a website criticizing the austerity plans imposed on Athens by the 110 billion euro joint European Union-IMF rescue.

The IMF said it was aware of the call.

“We are aware of the threat, and have taken appropriate action,” said IMF spokesman Bill Murray.

Anonymous is a loosely knit collective of individuals who launch attacks aimed at troubling the online operations of its targets.

Targets have included the former Egyptian government, the Italian government, Iran, and companies which withdrew services to WikiLeaks like Visa and Mastercard.

In a typical DDoS attack, a large number of computers are commanded to simultaneously visit a website, overwhelming its servers, slowing service or knocking it offline completely.

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