June 7, 2016
OpIcarus, the Anonymous operation that aimed to launch a barrage of DDoS attacks against the banking sector, has reached phase three, which is now called OpMayhem (Fight Club reference) and is targeting stock exchanges all over the world.
In a video released on YouTube over the weekend, the hacker collective laid out a plan of attack for the rest of the month, gathering all members (called Anons) to rally and launch coordinated attacks on global stock markets.
At the time of writing, the group has successfully launched DDoS attacks against the NYSE Euronext Market, the London Stock Exchange, Nasdaq Baltic, the Philippines Stock Exchange, the Lao Security Exchange, the Turkey Stock Exchange (Borsa Istanbul), the Athens Exchange Group, and the Panama Stock Exchange.
If you think these are five-minute DDoS bursts while the hackers take a screenshot and brag on social media, then you’re in for a surprise.
The DDoS attack that took place on June 2 and targeted the London Stock Exchange forced its website to stay offline for two hours, even if market transactions continued to operate, being on separate servers.