Crisis: Greece, Finance ministry site hacked in protest

24 April, 15:53

(ANSAmed) - ATHENS, APRIL 24 - Hackers broke into the servers of Greek finance ministry, police officials said on Tuesday, in protest at government plans to fight tax evasion by tapping into citizens' bank data. The incident - as Athens News daily reports - marks the third attack by hackers on government websites since February as anger grows over spending cuts the country has pledged to implement as part of its troika bailout. The police said the group was associated with the Anonymous activist group responsible for similar hacking attacks in the past. The hacking was prompted by a government decision last month to fight endemic tax evasion by tapping into households' bank, telephone and credit card data to detect people that spend more money than justified by the income they declare. The General Accounting Office (GLK) - a finance ministry arm overseeing spending - was checking to gauge the extent of the breach, which at the moment seems minor, a finance ministry official said. Three university websites were also attacked, according to a police official. The incident comes after 1.5 million fake prescriptions were entered on Friday into a new data system of the health ministry, a key instrument to contain the country's burgeoning health costs, causing it to crash. (ANSAmed).