Over the course of the last few weeks covering different hacking operations throughout the world, I’ve begun picking up on rumblings of the re-emergence of #OpIcarus. For those of you whom are not already aware, #OpIcarus was largely considered one of the most successful hacking operations of the last decade, targeting countless international banking and financial institutions worldwide – even the US Stock Exchange was targeted. Considering that the operation garnered international front page headlines for the better part of a year and a half, #OpIcarus is also generally considered to be one of, if not the single biggest Anonymous hacking operations of the 21st Century, resulting in anywhere from tens of millions to hundreds of millions dollars lost.
Back in 2015 – 2016, the operation was largely spear-headed by Ghost Squad Hackers, whom possessed the skills, tools and know-how necessary for hackers to pull of the majority of attacks. But truth be told, the operation actually had its origins in Pakistan through a small group of hackers known as the “Anonymous Predators,” alleged to be the gate-keepers of Anonymous “Red Cult” – another (in)famous branch of Anonymous.
Fast forward to today however, the operation is largely being led by “Lorian Synaro” – perhaps Anonymous’ single largest and most active/influential voice in 2018. While the operation hasn’t fully caught on yet, various activists around the web are trying to spread the word and begin building followers/participants – with the majority of all hacks occurring over the course of the last 36 hours. “This is an operation against the baking system worldwide. Aims to fight corruption and the criminals banking” Lorian Synaro told Rogue Media Labs, “We need a lot of people in this Op.”
About #OpIcarus2018, in statements to Rogue Media Labs earlier today, “M1r0x” of Ghost Squad Hackers said “Operation
#OpIcarus 2016 was a success, many banks were touched for several hours or even days, the #OpIcarus 2018 version is rather a good idea to prove that banks are not secure. The operation will also target governments, if the operation against the banks in 2018 is a success as in 2016, yes why not participate, for the moment I observe in silence.“
As of December 13th 2018 Anonymous Pakistan and Red Cult both have declined comment on the matter. For the time being, here’s what we know about the operation so far:
Operation Hit List: https://ghostbin.com/paste/m2uoo
Banks Hit To Date:
Example of Target Reconnaissance:
— Lorian Synaro (@LorianSynaro) December 13, 2018
— Lorian Synaro (@LorianSynaro) December 11, 2018
@StateBank_Pak You are one of a target of Anonymous. Prepare to defend yourself for DDoS like attacks or not. @ARYNEWSOFFICIAL @ExpressNewsPK @geonews_urdu https://t.co/2eHRZ6aLCI#Anonymous #OpIcarus #Pakistan
— Waqar Ahmed (@W4444Q4444R) December 12, 2018
— Anti-control group (@AntiCtrl) December 12, 2018
We begin hunting the Elite today. Vatican official site (The masters of corruption) and the Bank for International Settlements (Rothschild owned bank) both #DOWN.
— Lorian Synaro (@LorianSynaro) December 5, 2018
— #Pryzraky (@Pryzraky) December 14, 2018
— Lorian Synaro (@LorianSynaro) December 16, 2018
• The Central Bank of Barbados has been downed by #Pryzraky
— #Pryzraky (@Pryzraky) December 18, 2018