Sunday, the international cyberactivist group Anonymous disrupted Russian state television programming with images of the invasion of Ukraine and an anti-war message, calling on people to oppose the Russian military operation.
What message did Anonymous send to Russian television?
Via its social media platform, the group reported hacking Russian streaming services Wink and Ivi, which are similar services to Netflix, as well as live TV programming on Russia 24, Channel One and Moscow 24 to broadcast real war footage from Ukraine. Anonymous also announced the hacking of Russia Today (RT) in France.
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According to Ukrinformthe anti-war message included nationals urged to oppose the Russian genocide in Ukraine.
“We are ordinary citizens of Russia. We oppose the war on the territory of Ukraine – Russia and the Russians against the war!
“This war was waged by Putin’s criminal and authoritarian regime on behalf of ordinary Russian citizens. Russians, against the genocide in Ukraine“, we read in the text.
Anonymous declares cyber war against Russia
On February 24, when President Vladimir Putin sent his troops on an unprovoked and illegal invasion of neighboring Ukraine, the online organization officially declared a cyber war against his regime. “The Anonymous collective is officially in cyberwar against the Russian government“, they announced on Twitter.
According to Ukrinformthe group has already hacked more than 2,500 public, media and other websites in Russia and Belarus, another neighboring country effectively under Russian control.
This is not the first time that the group of hackers has interfered in international conflicts. Previously, the collective targeted the Ku Klux Klan and Islamic extremists. In 2020, the group was responsible for exposing the relationships of well-known figures to Jeffrey Epstein’s child trafficking ring.
The list of hundreds of names was uploaded via a social media archive under the name “Jeffrey Epstein’s Little Black Book”, which those exposed who attended parties hosted by Epstein or have been involved with him in business or otherwise.