Police cyber crime unit to investigate Varoufakis plan
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.