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Hacker groups issue threat to European banking system — RT Business News


Anonymous Sudana, REvil and Killnet said they would unleash a massive cyberattack on EU banks and SWIFT

Three hacker groups, Anonymous Sudana, REvil and Killnet, plan to conduct a cyberattack on European banks, according to a joint video statement posted online by the groups.

They said that the attacks will come in response to the West’s supply of weapons to Ukraine. The country has been in a state of conflict with neighboring Russia since February last year. Russia faced unprecedented economic sanctions from the EU and was disconnected from the international SWIFT money-exchange system, in response to its military operation in Ukraine.

This is not a DDoS attack, the games are over. We call on all active groups to engage in destructive activity against the European banking system. No money – no weapons – no Kiev regime,” an anonymous Killnet representative says in the video.

Many European banks will be targeted, and we will hit without mercy,” the Anonymous Sudan representative added.

The leader of Killnet – with the nickname Killmilk – confirmed to news outlet Lenta.ru on Thursday that preparations for the attack were underway and the action was to begin within 48 hours.

IT experts warned that, apart from the direct attacks on banks, hackers are likely to target the SWIFT system, on which the majority of international banking transactions are based. However, they doubt such an attack will be successful.

It is difficult to say in advance how seriously we should take this. Anonymous Sudan and Killnet engage in DDoS attacks. Their attacks have been unsuccessful, or the impact was minimal. REvil ran ransomware and was not involved in ‘hacktivism’ before… Yet it is still worth being on the lookout for this,” Daan Keuper, lead researcher at Dutch cybersecurity company Computest, told RTL Nieuws.

IT industry expert Yevgeny Gorbov also said that the declared large-scale attack is unlikely to be successful due to the layers of protection involved in banking systems.


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To perform a cyberattack on the banking system in Europe, you must hack it first. Everything is controlled by several data centers and an attack on one of them will not solve anything. Even if they shut it down for a day or a week, the banking system won’t collapse and will continue to work. It is possible that a few banks will be attacked, but it is unlikely to lead to catastrophic consequences,” Gorbov told NEWS.ru.

According to media reports, Killnet was recently behind the hacking of several NATO websites, the FBI database, and an IT outage at Lufthansa.

As of Saturday morning, there have been no reports of attacks from European financial institutions.

For more stories on economy & finance visit RT’s business section


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