The group of hacktivists Anonymous enters the geopolitical conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The group announced through its social networks that it has declared cyber war on the government of Vladimir Putin.
The Anonymous collective is officially in cyber war against the Russian government. #Anonymous #ukraine
— Anonymous (@YourAnonOne) February 24, 2022
Hours after making the announcement, Anonymous said again on its networks that they had attacked the website of RT, a television channel financed by the Kremlin. In addition, they claim to have brought down official Russian government websites and have brought down Russian internet service providers Com2Com, PTT-Teleport Moscow, RELCOM and Sovam Teleport.
All of these attacks have been of the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) type, this involves multiple systems flooding a target website, so that no other traffic can get through. At the time of writing this news some of the websites mentioned are still down.
#Anonymous is currently involved in operations against the Russian Federation. Our operations are targeting the Russian government. There is an inevitability that the private sector will most likely be affected too. While this account cannot claim to speak for the whole (con)
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) February 24, 2022
Since the start of the conflict, Ukraine has also reported several cyberattacks on government websites and some banks. In accordance with Reutersthe country’s government has asked for volunteers from the “hacking world” to help it protect its critical infrastructure and spy on Russian troops.
Outside Europe there is also fear that this type of attack will occur as a result of the conflict. The United States, which has been warning for some time about the risk of cyber attacks by Russia if it acted in the face of the invasion of Ukraine, has seen in recent hours how several cybersecurity companies have almost doubled their stock prices.