Hacktivist Phineas Fisher Cracks Cayman National Bank and Trust – Offers $100,000 Bitcoin/Monero Bounty To Other to Hack Banks, Big Companies
Infamous social anarchist hacker Phineas Fisher announced last week he will pay up to $100,000 bounty in Bitcoin (BTC) or Monero (XMR) to other hackers who will carry out hacktivist acts as part of their “Hacktivist Bug Hunting Program”. Phineas Fisher will apparently reward hackers who will target big companies and leak information to the public.
A Hack on the Scale of Panama Papers?
According to an explosive report from independent media source Unicorn Riot written by Dan Feidt and Freddy Martinez, following the hack, a manifesto was uploaded to the Internet addressing the motivation for hacking financial services companies which included a political analysis on how financial institutions serve as key enforcers for the global class structure.
“Among the poetic interludes are statements like “Privacidad para los débiles, transparencia para los poderosos” (‘Privacy for the weak, transparency for the powerful’.)”
The manifesto also included details on how Phineas Fisher hit a secretive banking network at Cayman National Bank and Trust used by global super-wealthy. Distributed Denial of Secrets has begun releasing copies of the bank’s servers, which includes both documents and emails. Journalists around the world are investigating and have begun releasing stories.
“The transparency collective Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoS) obtained the cache in two tranches of roughly a terabyte each, for a total of about 2.21 Terabytes. DDoS has begun publishing the release, which it calls Sherwood, soon to be available through “Hunter”, a new modern document cache search engine that facilitates research by indexing emails, databases and other items. (Update: Hunter is not yet available. A torrent file has been released here and mirrored by archive.org, with more info at Pastebin.)”
“From the entire data set, an analysis of the locations of over 1,400 client accounts was released to Unicorn Riot including 780 from Isle of Man, 272 from Cyprus, 153 from the UK, 107 from the Cayman Islands, 51 from the British Virgin Islands, 12 from the Seychelles, 11 from the United States, 7 from Belize, 7 from Ireland, and a small number from other jurisdictions involved in offshore banking including Gibraltar, Jersey, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, Guernsey, Malta, and Mauritius.”
Unicorn Riot has also linked to an XLS spreadsheet file, which includes detailed financial information about more than 3800 companies, trusts and individual accounts managed by Cayman National for clients around the world, including account balances.
They also linked to a July 2016 index of 22 “politically exposed persons” (PEPs) which includes prominent business-people involved in controversies and their families. According to Wikipedia a PEP is is one who has been entrusted with a prominent public function who generally presents a higher risk for potential involvement in bribery and corruption by virtue of their position and the influence that they may hold.
The unveiling of financial wealth protection via secret tax dodging of the world’s richest people looks likely to create a political storm in countries around the world, similar to the Panama Papers.
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