The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine has a new player: the hacker collective Anonymous. Amid the Russian offensive against Ukraine, Anonymous hackers claimed that they have taken down several Russian government websites and RT.com, website of state-controlled television network.
Some of the web sites that had been either taken down by Anonymous or have been slowed down consist of those of the Russian government, the Kremlin, Duma and the Ministry of Defense.
Aside from RT.com, the hacker collective additionally launched Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks towards web sites of Russian internet service providers Com2Com, Relcom, Sovam Teleport and PTT-Teleport Moscow.
Various Anonymous accounts had been found with the use of the #OpRussia and #OpKremlin hashtags on Twitter, just like the #OpISIS campaign that was launched earlier in an attempt to take down the terrorist organisation’s online propaganda-attempts.
Most of those web sites have now recovered.
Ukraine alleges Russia behind the massive cyberattack against the country
This comes after Ukraine claimed that Russia was behind the huge cyberattacks launched towards its government web sites and some banks, too, amongst other information technology companies.
“The malware, that is designed to seem like ransomware however lacking a ransom recovery mechanism, is supposed to be destructive and designed to render targeted gadgets inoperable instead of to gain a ransom,” Microsoft stated in a blog post, describing the attack towards Ukraine.
Cyberattacks are one among of the vectors being employed in modern warfare, that may prove to be dangerous and has the ability to take down a country’s industrial infrastructure.
Indeed, one among the Anonymous accounts had threatened to do simply this to Russia earlier this month.