Infamous vigilante hacker Phineas Fisher has carried out politically motivated hacks against high-profile organizations and published manifestos on how these were carried out to serve as inspiration and motivation for other like-minded hackers.
This includes the recent hack into the offshore bank Cayman National Bank of Trust, which DDoS is now distributing copies of the bank's servers and documents.
Now, Phineas Fisher, is offering monetary rewards ($100,000 in cryptocurrency) to incentivize politically motivated hacks. More than just activists, this could also sweeten the deal for opportunist cyber criminals who negotiate ransomware attacks with corporations but can also capitalize on the bounty payout.
“I think hacking is a powerful tool, and hacktivism has only been used to a fraction of its potential,” Phineas Fisher told Motherboard. “And a little investment can help to develop that, the golden years [of hacktivism] are yet to come.” “In the digital era, robbing a bank is a non-violent act, less risky, and the reward is higher than ever,” they wrote. “None of the financial hacks I’ve done, or that I’ve known of, has been reported. This is going to be the first, and not because the bank wanted, but because I decided to publish it.”