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'Anonymous' Joins Hacker Army Targeting Central Banks for Cash

  • Group shut down Greek Central Bank website last year
  • Settlement systems, government agencies also being targeted

In 2008, a group of thieves stole $700,000 from Russia’s central bank the old-fashioned way: they infiltrated a processing center, handcuffed a guard, and made off with the cash.

These days, the criminal attacks on the Bank of Russia are far less labor-intensive -- and far more lucrative. Over the course of last year, hackers looted up to $21 million from accounts opened with the Bank of Russia.