A cyber-attack on the servers of Greek Finance Ministry has leaked classified documents and information online, just a few days before the Greek Parliament is scheduled to vote on a $17.45 billion spending cut and tax hike plan.
The attack, which was reported by the Greek website secnews.gr, was also confirmed by a high-ranking official of the Greek Ministry of Tourism. Secnews wrote that the hackers group Anonymous, which has gotten into other Greek ministries before, including those of Public Order, as well as the President, gained access to the Finance Ministry servers and leaked documents about the state of the Greek Economy.
The cyber-attack was described as one of the most serious against Greek government networks. The leaked documents include various classified data from e-mails that were exchanged between the Greek Ministry and envoys from international lenders negotiating more austerity measures and bailouts, to thousands of passwords of Greek individuals and evaluations of banks.
The attackers claimed that their aim is to expose all the data of Greek economy so all Greek citizens know the truth. It came as Greece is locked in talks with the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) over the stalled reforms.
The Troika is holding back a $38.8 billion loan installment until Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the New Democracy Conservative leader, can engineer the new austerity plan past his reluctant partners, the PASOK Socialists and Democratic Left, which are balking at harsh changes to labor laws.
The message from Anonymous and some leaked classified documents can be seen by clicking on the the photos below.