'Anonymous' Joins Hacker Crusade To Steal Millions From Global Central Banks

Tyler Durden's picture

Roughly a year ago we wrote about perhaps the most notable bank heist in history in which a group of hackers used Swift, the interbank messaging system, to steal $81 million from the Central Bank of Bangladesh.  Here's our recap: 

For those who missed the story, you can review it in all its James Bond-ish glory in the four posts linked below, but here is a brief summary of what happened to the $81 million: 1) it was transferred to four accounts at the Jupiter Street, Makati City, branch of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC) in the Philippines, 2) $470,000 in cash went into the branch manager's trunk and the rest went to a possibly forged (but possibly not) account registered to one William Go, 3) the money was transferred to an FX broker called Philrem, 4) $50 million was split between two casinos and the remaining $31 was delivered to a "Weikang Xu" in cash.


From there, the trail goes cold.

But Bangladesh isn't the only country whose Central Bank has been targeted by a growing number of hackers seeking to score a quick, and massive, loot.  As Bloomberg notes, hacks on global financial systems soared in 2016 and claimed Russia, Poland, Uruguay and Mexico, just to name a few, as victims. 

Over the course of last year, hackers looted up to $21 million from accounts opened with the Bank of Russia.


Poland’s financial regulator was targeted in January by a suspected “watering hole” attack, where hackers target an often-used website, according to research from BAE Systems. In this instance, the hack originated from the website of Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF), where code was planted that would serve malware to certain visitors of the site. The malicious code was selectively targeted at financial institutions, and multiple banks were compromised via their users simply browsing the KNF website.


Similar code was also believed to be present on the website of the state-owned Banco de la República Oriental del Uruguay, and the National Banking and Stock Commission of Mexico in late 2016, according to analysis from BAE Systems and U.S. software company Symantec Corp.



Now, the hacking collective “Anonymous,” known for its activism against big corporations, security forces, and governments, has decided it wants to get in on the massive central bank scores and is actively recruiting new hackers that can assist in the effort.

While the people wouldn’t say which banks are being targeted, they said the group has been busy recruiting new hackers to aid it in its forays, and renewed its attack against a number of central banks in February.


The group last year attacked at least eight monetary authorities, including the Dutch Central Bank, the Bank of Greece, and the Bank of Mexico, the two people said. In a change of tack, it is also considering plans to sell on any confidential information it obtains, according to one of the people.


The actions by non-state hacking and hacktivist groups such as Anonymous “are a wake-up call that should alert us to the critical weaknesses of global financial systems,” said Stefano Zanero, a professor of computer security at Italian university Politecnico di Milano.

Janet Yellen recently warned in testimony before the congressional Joint Economic Committee in November that a successful cyber-security attack on the U.S. banking system is “one of the most significant risks our country faces."  In fact, central banks all around the world are spending millions on cybersecurity experts and even buying startup companies to avoid being the next embarrassing victim of a multi-million dollar cyber heist. 

In response, central banks and related agencies have been busy attempting to stem the increasing number of attacks. In June Swift hired BAE Systems and U.K. cybersecurity adviser NCC Group Plc in a bid to improve its security defenses. BAE has since helped Swift analyze whether it needs to flag potential issues to correspondent banks.


The Bank of England is even scooping up startups to help it battle online threats. It is currently running an accelerator, launched in June 2016, and is to start working with Anomali in order to “hunt and investigate cyber security intelligence data in a highly automated fashion,” according to a case study published in February by the Bank.

Of course, try as they might, we suspect the world's bureaucratic central banks may be ill-equipped for a battle against an army of anonymous, international hackers fed up with their destructive policies aimed at continously inflating assets bubbles which serve only to help the rich get richer while enslaving the masses...

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NidStyles's picture

Sounds bullsih for cashless societies...

ghengis86's picture

Wake me up when they steal billi-, wait make that TRILLIO-

Wait, what?! You mean to tell me a select group of people have already stolen trillions!???!

We'll, fuck me.

(free Jon Corzine and fuck Ben shalom!!)

jcaz's picture

LOL- sure, let them crack it, and find out there's nothing there......

techpriest's picture

I'm reminded of a convo I had with some IT folks at the Dallas Fed. It's 24/7 paranoia. As he put it, "If an unpatched Windows box is on our network, it gets owned in 8 minutes."

Apparently a helluva lot of people are trying to get in over there, all the time. This sounds more like a recruitment article for Anon than anything.

EmmittFitzhume's picture

The perfect thing to blame the next economic collapse on

nuubee's picture

Aw, stupid anonymous, don't STEAL money from the banks, they can just make more. If you want to disrupt them, modify the debt record such that they can't recover their ledgers. :)

Mr. Universe's picture

I like your way of thinking, a Global Debt Jubilee. Shemitah for everybody!

QuantumEasing's picture

Jubilee sounds good until you realize your bank account goes to zero too.

After all, dollars are debt.

So be careful to spend it all beforehand.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) Kefeer Mar 17, 2017 8:39 PM

Operation Stainless Steel Rat. ;-)

Mr. Universe's picture

Yes, metal. I seem to remember that once ancient relic. Last time I saw a piece monkeys were hammering it as thin as possible.

hope_talk's picture
hope_talk (not verified) Mr. Universe Mar 18, 2017 7:18 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do... http://bit.ly/2jdTzrM

RealityCheque's picture

This is how it should be done.


AE911Truth's picture

There is the virus floating around. If it finds a vulnerable system, it encrypts the victim's hard disk, and holds it for ransom, payable in bitcoin.

How about a ransom of 10 million bitcoins?

That should drive the price up.


Douche McGoosh's picture
Douche McGoosh (not verified) jcaz Mar 17, 2017 4:44 PM

Tehy should steal Bitcoins instead


logicalman's picture

What do you mean, nothing there??

I bet there's a whole load of zeros and ones.


New_Meat's picture

we have ones and zeros out the wazoo, spilled all over the floor.  Danm cleaning company hired these guys who don't know how to push a broom and they knocked over the bitbucket.  Those little critters (especially the ones) get into every crack and corner.  We'll never sort out this mess.

Sam Clemons's picture

Let's be honest. The only reason they want to prevent theft is to stop non "selected" parties from getting rich.

They can easily print whatever is stolen.

IridiumRebel's picture

Yes but what about ShitCoin?

Douche McGoosh's picture
Douche McGoosh (not verified) IridiumRebel Mar 17, 2017 4:46 PM

It's Bitcoin not "Shitcoin" or "Bit Coin" or "BitCoin" you dumb shit.

gadzooks's picture

good , put it in my bank account...lol ,unless you have alot of diamonds..

Kefeer's picture

We are basically a cashless society already.

New_Meat's picture

it will be driven to the limit of zero

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Mar 17, 2017 4:26 PM

So now we know that ANONYMOUS is actually jewish

NidStyles's picture

The original group was not Jewish. The group that popped up about 2 years ago claiming Anon status was Jewish, and it was ran by a bunch of Mossad agents using the kids to disrupt anyone that was promoting anti-ZOG messages.



Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) NidStyles Mar 17, 2017 4:36 PM

Hmm ~ not so sure


What the fucking fuck could be easier?


- Set up worldwide central banks to create monetary policy to STEAL the wealth from blood & sweat.

- Then, when it's all about to go TITS UP... Hack the central banks


"Piece of Pie"

~Maxim Brajlovsky

Douche McGoosh's picture
Douche McGoosh (not verified) NidStyles Mar 17, 2017 4:47 PM

Hi fudge boy.

Doom Porn Star's picture


The Resistance requires funding.


...& it's FUN!



Doom Porn Star's picture

Stealing from counterfeiters??!







Zepper's picture

All these hackers can say all they want about being crusaders but all they are is another arm of powerful keeping people in check. That is all they are.


Who cares how much they steal from the fed. The fed is printing money so fast that no one is even aware of how much they have printed over the last 8 years.


bugs_'s picture

yep totally keeping up talking about stealing millions when the central banks are dealing in stolen trillions and the stolen futures of billions.

stant's picture

Maybe they can make it look like the CIA did it

Iconoclast's picture

Problem being even if Elliot and Darleen from fsociety takes down evil Corp, it's the little folk who'll suffer.

enfield0916's picture

Just do it ALREADY! When it's done, wire me the currency so I can buy REAL MONEY!

Youri Carma's picture

Millions of records leaked from huge US corporate database

33.7 Million Detailed Information US Business Contacts Leaked

anticultist's picture


It could be fake news, to premise JPMorgans Etherium "standard"

44magnum's picture

Talk is cheap


e_goldstein's picture

If true, it's about goddamn time.

Rich Monk's picture

Millions? Try Billions!

Dougs Decks's picture

The best way to rob a bank??? OWN ONE,,,

Curiously_Crazy's picture

They'll DDOS a website and the media - this place included - will cream themselves over the "hack".

It's all Anonymous ever do, buncha little pissants grouping together to ping sites causing an overload but never actually doing anything meaningful. Never mentioned is the site is up and running again in a few hours.

They were all bark an no bite a decade ago and still are.

Diplodicus Rex's picture

How do you actually steal anything from a Central Bank? They don't have any money. All they have is an electronic balance sheet on which they practice double entry book-keeping. They only pretend to make loans. They don't loan anything in reality. It's not as if they have a big electronic safe or anything. What the hell is it they intend to steal? Ones and zeros?

Mr Perspective's picture

"I know that when I plan to rob a bank I usually run public ads announcing my intentions and call for little helpers to rob the bank with me. It is the best strategy I have found."

Is there something in the water today Tylers? The SS laptop theft story was silly enough but it pales in comparison to this gem. Do they think dragging out the tired 'anonymous' meme is going to do more than make people laugh?

CHoward's picture

What the hell can you steal from a Central Bank?  They have nothing but 1s and 0s that they just made up from nothing.  If you steal made up shit - is that really a crime?  I wouldn't think so. 

Dickweed Wang's picture

What the hell can you steal from a Central Bank?  They have nothing but 1s and 0s that they just made up from nothing. . . .


And lots of that useless relic in their basements . . .

CaptainObvious's picture

And why the hell would they target the central bank of Greece?  Those fuckers haven't had any money for five years.

stubb's picture

LOL, Anonymous. Flabby, socially inept 14-year-olds pleasuring themselves to anime porn in their mom's basement in between stuffing their faces with Doritos and torturing their housepets. I'm simply terrified. 

Kefeer's picture

Not buying it; we live in a banking world of zeros and ones.  Many things perpetuate in order to justify their existence.  For example, the "leaders" of black equality or "civil rights" activist must perpetuate the race issues in order to justify their existence.  This is an example of what God meant when He warned us that the "love of money is the root of all kinds of evil".

These banks do not loose million or billions electronically without knowledge of "who did it".  Think about the oil profits that ISIS claimed and they cannot figure out "who carried out those transactions".  The drug trade coming out of Afghanistan and the billions of laundered money through these banks and shell corporations; the electronic and paper trails are all there; these are inside jobs enriching the MIC.

We live in what amounts to a virtual society without any fixed standards there is nothing but confusion and complexity (i.e. big government) and where there is a high level of complexity, money and confusion, there is a huge amount of corruption.  Satan is the author of confusion.

anticultist's picture


my bitcoin cycle calculation is bad for 5-6 days, bounce, better low in 30 days.

cycle does necessarily do price just time, it could do $850 or worse.

I am doing ETH now. I posted on another board bitcoin cycle high last weekend.