Militant group takes responsibility for Microsoft office car bomb

Earlier this week, a car bomb exploded outside Microsoft's offices in Athens, Greece. Today, Reuters reports that a little known Greek militant group called the International Revolutionary Front has taken responsibility for the attack.

In a statement, the group said, "We chose this building because Microsoft is one of the most powerful companies of the computer sector ... which is now carrying capitalism on its shoulders." An unnamed police official is quoted as saying, "We are taking the claim seriously and are investigating its authenticity." The International Revolutionary Front apparently started their attacks in 2011 and one of their past targets occurred at a McDonald's restaurant in Greece.

On Wednesday, three suspects broke into Microsoft's Greece headquarters which is located in the Athens suburb of Maroussi. The three people, at least two of which were armed, forced two security guards out of the building. The suspects then crashed a van, filled with gas canisters and containers of gasoline, into the entrance of the building and set off an incendiary device inside the van; no injuries were reported as a result of the attack.

Source: Reuters

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myxomatosis said,
I guess they hate Windows 8 too...

It amazes me how you can say "I don't like product X" and you are labeled a hater. But linking a bombing to Metro, where people could have been injured or killed, there was destruction of property, and that is perfectly fine.

Tell me again who the real haters are?

nohone said,

It amazes me how you can say "I don't like product X" and you are labeled a hater. But linking a bombing to Metro, where people could have been injured or killed, there was destruction of property, and that is perfectly fine.

Tell me again who the real haters are?


Who said no one considers this guy a hater?

David085 said,
I guess they hate technology.

They hate capitalism. Capitalism means business. Tech businesses are doing well right now. So, yeah, I guess they do hate technology... sad... D:

It's a bit ironic because Microsoft is probably one of the few companies paying their employees well and injecting money into the economy there.

chAos972 said,
It's a bit ironic because Microsoft is probably one of the few companies paying their employees well and injecting money into the economy there.

They are also the epitome of capitalism. If you read the article, you'd see that was why they were attacked.

And Microsoft doesn't inject money into the Greek economy, it takes money out of it. Even the US doesn't gain much because Microsoft uses offshore tax havens.

simplezz said,

They are also the epitome of capitalism. If you read the article, you'd see that was why they were attacked.

And Microsoft doesn't inject money into the Greek economy, it takes money out of it. Even the US doesn't gain much because Microsoft uses offshore tax havens.

Employees of Microsoft earn money, and have to pay tax on that money.

chAos972 said,

Employees of Microsoft earn money, and have to pay tax on that money.

And the Greek government, companies, and individuals have to pay Microsoft for Windows, Office etc. How many employees does Microsoft have in Greece exactly?

simplezz said,

They are also the epitome of capitalism. If you read the article, you'd see that was why they were attacked.

And Microsoft doesn't inject money into the Greek economy, it takes money out of it. Even the US doesn't gain much because Microsoft uses offshore tax havens.

Why are you not calling or Apple or Google the epitome of capitalism? We know that Apple is the biggest, most profitable tech company in the world - you and others like to remind us of that every chance you get. Google is purely an advertising company, making their money from the very definition of capitalism. And yet, you are putting blame on Microsoft for being bombed, for selling their products. No person or individual deserves something like this, but you are finding glee in it to fuel your hatred of one specific company. You are a truly pathetic person.

nohone said,

Why are you not calling or Apple or Google the epitome of capitalism? We know that Apple is the biggest, most profitable tech company in the world - you and others like to remind us of that every chance you get. Google is purely an advertising company, making their money from the very definition of capitalism. And yet, you are putting blame on Microsoft for being bombed, for selling their products. No person or individual deserves something like this, but you are finding glee in it to fuel your hatred of one specific company. You are a truly pathetic person.

You misunderstand me. I don't condone acts of terrorism.

But the suggestion that Microsoft is actually in anyway helping the Greek economy is fictitious at best and a outright lie at worst. Now adopting FOSS software would help the Greeks because it would save them a great deal of money in the long run.

simplezz said,

You misunderstand me. I don't condone acts of terrorism.

But the suggestion that Microsoft is actually in anyway helping the Greek economy is fictitious at best and a outright lie at worst. Now adopting FOSS software would help the Greeks because it would save them a great deal of money in the long run.

It is the Greeks' choice to use Microsoft products. It isn't like MS is forcing them too...

terrorism, in any form, is plain sad. the people can't make changes within law, so they resort to violence, breaking laws, and hurting others physically.

aviator189 said,
terrorism, in any form, is plain sad. the people can't make changes within law, so they resort to violence, breaking laws, and hurting others physically.

The law is the problem though. In fact, the whole system is the problem. The people don't have a voice.

Every country around the world is run by corrupt politicians who bend to the will of massive corporations and their lobbyists. It's the same where ever you go.

The Greek people in particular are suffering greatly. There was a great Panorama episode about it. S60E21. It's on the bay if you don't have access to the BBC iPlayer.

simplezz said,

The law is the problem though. In fact, the whole system is the problem. The people don't have a voice.

Every country around the world is run by corrupt politicians who bend to the will of massive corporations and their lobbyists. It's the same where ever you go.

The Greek people in particular are suffering greatly. There was a great Panorama episode about it. S60E21. It's on the bay if you don't have access to the BBC iPlayer.

So are you condoning such violence? There are usually more peaceful ways.

In a statement published on the Internet, the International Revolutionary Front said it singled out Microsoft to strike a blow at capitalism.

"We chose this building because Microsoft is one of the most powerful companies of the computer sector ... which is now carrying capitalism on its shoulders," it said.

protocol7 said,
In a statement published on the Internet, the International Revolutionary Front said it singled out Microsoft to strike a blow at capitalism.

"We chose this building because Microsoft is one of the most powerful companies of the computer sector ... which is now carrying capitalism on its shoulders," it said.


funny indeed, no MS, no internet as it is today

I've said time and time again we need the venus project, all geeks (everyone here) should like the idea of it. Yes it will have its problems but it can't be worse than what we have now right(eg **** loads of poverty)?

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