Po­lice cy­ber crime unit to in­ves­ti­gate Varoufakis plan

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Ilias Zago­raios, the chief pros­e­cu­tor of the Athens First In­stance Court, has asked Greece’s cy­ber crime unit to probe if the public rev­enues ser­vice was hacked as part of an al­leged ef­fort to cre­ate a par­al­lel pay­ment sys­tem un­der ex-Fi­nance Min­is­ter Yanis Varoufakis.

The for­mer min­is­ter has claimed that he talked to a min­istry em­ployee about hack­ing into the Gen­eral Sec­re­tar­iat for Public Rev­enues’ online sys­tem dur­ing al­leged at­tempts to cre­ate a scheme that would help the gov­ern­ment over­come liq­uid­ity prob­lems.

His claims prompted an in­ter­nal probe by the gen­eral sec­re­tary for public rev­enues, Ka­te­rina Sav­vaidou. Now, a sec­ond probe will be car­ried out by the cy­ber crime unit. A fuel trader whose home in Vou­liag­meni, south­ern Athens, was tar­geted late on Mon­day by uniden­ti­fied as­sailants with sticks of dy­na­mite, has blamed the at­tack on a Turk­ish to­bacco smug­gler, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The dy­na­mite went off in the busi­ness­man’s gar­den at 11.35 p.m., blow­ing out the win­dows of his home and dam­ag­ing the gar­den fence, po­lice said. The fuel trader and his fam­ily had been at home at the time but were un­harmed. Bomb dis­posal ex­perts col­lected the rem­nants of the dy­na­mite for anal­y­sis, ac­cord­ing to po­lice who said two men were seen leav­ing the area in a van.

The fuel trader has been tar­geted in the past too. In Septem­ber 2013, a man broke into his home and shot him in the head, an at­tack which led him to lose an eye.

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