- According to the head, "the information of these scammers and small swindlers is not true.
- According to the Washington Post, the same warning flashed on Yandex's platforms.
Resistance in the form of cyber attacks persisted as the Russian Ministry of Construction, Housing, and Utilities website appeared to have been hacked as the invasion of Ukraine reached its 100th day and Russia renewed strikes on Kyiv. According to reports, an internet search for the website resulted in a “Glory to Ukraine” sign in Ukrainian.
Massive cyber-attacks launched by Russian-backed threat actors began the day Ukraine was invaded, pushing Kyiv to form a “IT army.” To combat these cyber attacks, the ‘IT Army,’ which was also approved by Ukrainian politicians, sought assistance from technology leaders.
“We’re putting together an IT army.” We require digital experts. Everyone will be given an assignment. On the cyber front, we continue to fight. “The first task is on the channel for cyber specialists,” Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, tweeted.
This morning the online Russian TV schedule page was hacked
The name of every programme was changed to “On your hands is the blood of thousands of Ukrainians and their hundreds of murdered children. TV and the authorities are lying. No to war” pic.twitter.com/P2uCNz8cqa
— Francis Scarr (@francis_scarr) May 9, 2022
The counterattack began on the day of the assault, February 24, when the hacker collective Anonymous declared a “cyber war” against the Kremlin. The organisation claimed to have taken down multiple government websites in less than a day, including the state news agency RT News.
The gang was responsible for exposing the Russian Ministry of Defense’s database, eavesdropping Russian military communications, and hacking TV networks to expose the “truth of what is happening in Ukraine” over the next week. The Russian government’s website had gone down by February 28, and nautical data had been modified to make it appear as if President Vladimir Putin’s luxury yacht had crashed into Ukraine’s Snake Island and was on its way to “hell.”
Furthermore, in March, Anonymous and its affiliates sent 7 million SMS messages to Russian citizens about the Ukraine conflict.
The collective said that it had affected streaming sites Wink and Ivi, as well as shutting down Russia’s space agency so that Putin “no longer has authority over spy satellites.” Anonymous’ assertion was rejected by the chief of the Roscosmos Control Center, where the space agency’s server was supposedly shut down.
According to the head, “the information of these scammers and small swindlers is not true.” The Georgian Altinfo TV channel, which broadcasted Russian propaganda and backed Russia, was hacked and all of its content was removed.
By May 11, the collective had hacked Russia’s video site RuTube, damaging almost 75% of the main version’s database and infrastructure, as well as 90% of the backup and recovery cluster. In a tweet, Anonymous stated that this breach will effectively put an end to RuTube. Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, was targeted, and photographs of children who killed in the war surfaced on the website of a Russian locomotive manufacturer.
For two hours, the group hacked into printers across Russia, printing over 1,00,000 copies of anti-propaganda material. In recent activities, Anonymous leaked approximately 1TB of data from Rustam Kurmaev and Partners, a renowned Russian law practise (RKP Law).
According to the BBC, Squad 303, a Polish hacking group named after a famous Polish fighter squadron from WWII, established a website that allowed users to send text messages to Russian phone numbers at random to tell them the truth about the war.
Over 20 million text and WhatsApp messages are said to have been facilitated by the organisation.
The names of all programmes on television schedule pages were substituted with the message: “The blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of slain children is on your hands,” as Putin prepared to address the country during the annual Victory Day parade last month.
The authorities and the media are both lying. “I will not go to war.” According to the BBC, major networks such as Channel One, Rossiya-1, and NTV-Plus were disrupted. According to the Washington Post, the same warning flashed on Yandex’s platforms.
The online Russian TV schedule page was hacked this morning.
“On your hands is the blood of thousands of Ukrainians and their hundreds of dead children,” the title of every episode was changed to. The authorities and the media are both lying. “We will not go to war.” pic.twitter.com/P2uCNz8cqa
May 9, 2022 — Francis Scarr (@francis scarr)
Putin stated that the number of cyber attacks by foreign “state organisations” had increased numerous times in a meeting with the Russian Security Council a week later. “Experts believe that lone hackers would be unable to do this.” Hackers are attacking from many countries in a well-coordinated onslaught.
These attacks are carried out by state-run organisations, and we know that certain countries’ armies include cyber troops,” he stated. He urged for a reduction in the usage of foreign software and hardware to strengthen the country’s cyber defences.
Putin stated that the number of cyber attacks by foreign “state organisations” had increased severalfold in a meeting with the Russian Security Council a week later. “Experts believe lone hackers would be unable to do this.” In a well-coordinated attempt, hackers assault from various countries.
These attacks are carried out by state-run organisations, and we know that some nations’ army have cyber units,” he stated. He advocated for a reduction in the use of foreign software and hardware in the country’s cyber defences.