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Hackers call for online assault on IMF

A group of hackers calling themselves ?Anonymous? appealed on Thursday for an online attack against the International Monetary Fund to protest the strict conditions being imposed to extract Greece from its debt crisis.

A tweet from ?Anonymous Operations? using the tag ?Operation Greece? called on followers on the Twitter social networking and microblogging service to visit the IMF’s website en masse in an bid to overwhelm it and shut it down.

The tweet linked to a website criticizing the austerity plans imposed on Athens by the European Union and IMF, which have demanded an array of austerity measures in return for a 110-billion-euro loan package.

The hackers’ group proposed no specific time for the assault which it called a ?denial of service.”

A spokesman for the IMF, Bill Murray, was quoted as saying that the organization was «aware of the threat and had taken the necessary measures.?